Prehistoric painting

Prehistoric painting . The painting prehistoric has been called rock art or parietal by the fact of having developed almost exclusively on the walls of rock , inside caverns and caves, and least outside them. This painting, curiously, underwent an evolution very similar to that of historical painting. The first manifestations, of a naturalistic nature, were evolving until reaching the complete abstraction of forms in its last period.


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  • 1 Paleolithic Period
  • 2 Mesolithic
  • 3 Bronze Age
  • 4 Gallery
  • 5 Sources

Paleolithic period


The caves fulfilled, more than a residential use.

Paintings from the Paleolithic period (25,000 – 8,000 BC) focused on three main themes: the representation of animals , especially horses and bison and, to a lesser extent , deer , lions , mammoths and bulls ; the drawing of signs, whose ultimate meaning, despite the different hypotheses, is still unknown; and the human figure, either male or female, or combined with animal forms. The colors used were black and reddish, ocher, violet tones, which are the easiest to obtain in nature .


Moving towards the Mesolithic (8,000 -5,000 BC), the painted pebbles, or amulets, appear with geometric and abstract symbols and guards. Already in the Neolithic (5,000 – 3,000 BC), in addition to the first decorated ceramic pieces, there are real mural scenes that document life at that time.

By studying the drawings, it can be deduced that prehistoric man not only painted with his fingers but also used brushes and spatulas and even a spray system to achieve negative hand shading.


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