My favourite paintings of Ravi varma Sunday, Aug 23 2009
Cave Paintings Sunday, Aug 23 2009
Theories About the Cave Paintings:
Humans had not learned to write during the prehistoric time period. They communicated through cave paintings. Why did man find a need to paint on the walls of the caves? We know that most of the paintings were of animals. However, there are a few paintings that have human figures either in etchings or in a painting.
There are three theories that the prehistoric man might have painted animals on the walls of the caves. Perhaps the cave man wanted to decorate the cave and chose animals because they were important to their existence. The second theory could have been that they considered this magic to help the hunters. Perhaps if the artist could capture the image of the animal, they could capture the animal in a hunt. Prehistoric man could have used the painting of animals on the walls of caves to document their hunting expeditions.
Methods of Painting:
Prehistoric people would have used natural objects to paint the walls of the caves. To etch into the rock, they could have used sharp tools or a spear. The paint or color that they probably used was from berries, clay, soot, or charcoal. The tools used to apply the paint could have been made by attaching straw, leaves, moss, or hair to sticks. They might have used hollow bones or reeds to spray the color on, similar to an airbrush technique.
Altamira Cave Paintings:
Located in northern Spain, not far from the village of Antillana del Mar in Cantabria, the Upper Paleolithic cave complex at Altamira is famous for its vivid parietal art, featuring drawings and multi-coloured cave paintings of wild animals and human hands, leading to its nickname as the “Sistine Chapel of Stone Age art”. Altamira was designated a UN World Heritage site in 1985.
Famous Cave Painting Today:
Indian Cave Paintings: