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Prehistoric Art

Prehistoric art is any form of creative endeavor that was made before writing and record-keeping began in ancient cultures. This is an important distinction from ancient art because, although the style might be similar, once writing and other technologies were discovered, it might have changed the purpose of art for mankind. The toughest part of analyzing any creative work is knowing why the artist painted it.

Prehistoric Artwork

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Wild Red Horses And Bull
by Ginny Hogan
11" x 10"
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Cave Painting ( Embossed with raised texture)
by Unknown
16" x 20"
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High angle view of ruins of ancient buildings, Inca Ruins, Machu Picchu, Peru
by Panoramic Images
36" x 14"
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England, Wiltshire, Stonehenge
by Panoramic Images
27" x 9"
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Stonehenge, Winter Solstice
by Unknown
24" x 18"
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Stonehenge
by Marcin Stawiarz
40" x 21"
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Stonehenge
by Marcin Stawiarz
24" x 12"
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Painted Hand Prints At The Double Stack Ruin, Utah
by Richard Wright / DanitaDelimont
24" x 16"
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Detail Of A Duck Headed Man Petroglyph, Utah
by Judith Zimmerman / DanitaDelimont
14" x 21"
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Duck Headed Man Petroglyph, Cedar Mesa, Utah
by Judith Zimmerman / DanitaDelimont
14" x 21"
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Ancient Petroglyph Of Owl And Big Horn Sheep, Utah
by Judith Zimmerman / DanitaDelimont
20" x 13"
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Fremont Pictoglyph Panel, Utah
by Jaynes Gallery / Danita Delimont
14" x 14"
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Bear Medicine
by Ginny Hogan
9" x 12"
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Stone Heads, Easter Islands, Chile
by Panoramic Images
27" x 9"
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Ancient Family
by Ginny Hogan
9" x 12"
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Stone Henge Reflections
by Jim Zuckerman
36" x 24"
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House Of Fire in red, Anasazi Ruins, Mule Canyon, Utah, USA
by Panoramic Images
36" x 12"
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Row of Stone Heads, Easter Islands, Chile
by Panoramic Images
27" x 9"
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Row of Stone Heads, Easter Islands, Chile
by Panoramic Images
36" x 12"
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Paleolithic paintings, Altamira Cave, Santillana del mar, Cantabria, Spain
by Panoramic Images
36" x 12"
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Dwelling structures on a cliff, Anasazi Ruins, Mule Canyon, Utah, USA
by Panoramic Images
36" x 12"
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Pyramids at an archaeological site, Chichen Itza, Yucatan, Mexico
by Panoramic Images
36" x 12"
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England, Wiltshire, Stonehenge
by Panoramic Images
36" x 12"
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Paleolithic paintings, Altamira Cave, Santillana del mar, Cantabria, Spain
by Panoramic Images
27" x 9"
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High angle view of ruins of ancient buildings, Inca Ruins, Machu Picchu, Peru
by Panoramic Images
27" x 10"
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Woolly Mammoths in the prehistoric northern hemisphere
by Arthur Dorety/Stocktrek Images
38" x 21"
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A pair of Macrauchenia grazing in a prehistoric forest
by Daniel Eskridge/Stocktrek Images
37" x 22"
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Old Temple In The Forest, Tikal, Guatemala
by Panoramic Images
36" x 12"
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Pyramid in a field, El Castillo, Chichen Itza, Yucatan, Mexico
by Panoramic Images
27" x 9"
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Pyramids at an archaeological site, Chichen Itza, Yucatan, Mexico
by Panoramic Images
27" x 9"
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Pyramid in a field, Kukulkan Pyramid, Chichen Itza, Yucatan, Mexico
by Panoramic Images
36" x 12"
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Nazca Lines Dog
by Unknown
10" x 8"
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Nazca Lines Symbol
by Unknown
10" x 8"
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Nazca Lines Design
by Unknown
24" x 18"
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Two Gigantoraptor dinosaurs in a prehistoric environment
by Elena Duvernay/Stocktrek Images
33" x 24"
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When it comes to the literal origin of art on Earth, the pictures are both human and alien in equal measure. Archaeologists, artists, and experts worldwide don't know who these people were how they felt, or why they felt the need to create the works people see in museums today. Because of this, it’s almost impossible to guess why they did what they did, aside from unproven assumptions and guesses.

The art itself is simple in execution, particularly the cave paintings that so commonly typify this category of art. However, despite their apparent simplicity when compared to modern works, prehistoric art displays a surprisingly intimate knowledge of whatever was depicted. Symbolism and realism are both evident in the many examples of prehistoric art. Detailed drawings of animals that were hunted or of hunting parties support the theory that creating art of a successful hunt or prey animal would give the hunter power. Perhaps because of that, the people are generally symbolic in form, with hand prints depicting each individual person.

However, the same quality that makes prehistoric art so enigmatic is also why people are fascinated by it. For them, having something that predates man's history is a truly amazing experience. The greatest mystery to mankind is our own origins and many collectors feel that having examples of prehistoric art in their home will give them a piece of the primordial puzzle, as well as remind them of how far we've come in a relatively short amount of time.
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