Wednesday, 4 May 2011

The Venus of Willendorf

Since the discovery of the Altamira Caves in 1880, older art has been found. I believe the oldest recorded art at present is a cupule in the Auditorium Cave at Bhimbetka, Madhya Pradesh, India. It dates from (290,000-700,000 BCE).

The Venus of Willendorf is the oldest example of the human form and dates from 24,000-22,000 BCE. She was found in 1908 above the Danube river near the town of Willendorf in Austria by archaeologist Josef Szombathy.

Only 43/8" high. she rivals anything in modern art.

In our age when images of art are so readily available in galleries, museums, books and the Internet, it’s hard for us to imagine how these earliest artists thought and worked to produced the first art with no precedence.

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