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Cavemen Much Better At Illustrating Animals

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#1    Still Waters

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Posted 07 December 2012 - 08:03 PM

The iconic caveman in popular culture is Fred Flintstone: slow-witted and unskilled. In general, we think of the cave art produced by prehistoric people as crude and imprecise too—a mere glimmer of the artistic mastery that would blossom millenia later, during the Renaissance and beyond.

If this is your impression of prehistoric humans, a new study published today in PLOS ONE by researchers from Eotvos University in Budapest, Hungary, might surprise you. In analyzing dozens of examples of cave art from places such as Lascaux, the group, led by Gabor Horvath, determined that prehistoric artists were actually better at accurately depicting the way four-legged animals walk than artists from the 19th and 20th centuries.

http://blogs.smithso...-artists-today/

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Posted 07 December 2012 - 09:00 PM

Well, we know why, don't we. They were assisted by Aliens. :innocent:

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Posted 08 December 2012 - 06:19 AM

I 'm with the commenters. Even without knowing about horses, you can tell right off that wasn't meant to show a normal walking gait, and in more modern paintings animals and people are often posed awkwardly on purpose for effect..

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Posted 08 December 2012 - 06:27 AM

very interesting!

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Posted 08 December 2012 - 06:42 AM

I have always found the cave paintings absolutely beautiful at a fundamental level and thrilling that man was producing such wonderful art at such a young age.   They worship the subject of their drawings because the subject, literally, represents life and death.  Amazing stuff and should give you a chill when you think how many "humans" were actually walking around this big world when those drawings were made.  Thanks for the link, wonderful stuff.

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Posted 08 December 2012 - 07:30 AM

The Smithsonian is an absolutely unbelievable place, BTW.  We took our son there for his 5th B'Day  (that is what he wanted) and spent two and a half days in the Natural history museum and still didn't see all of it.  There are several more buildings you could explore for days.  Great stuff that everyone should see once at least.

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Posted 08 December 2012 - 07:40 AM

I've always thought the cave paintings looked like they were done by drunken monkeys.  (Or stone-age stoners)  But I also think that about a lot of 'art'.


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Posted 08 December 2012 - 08:00 AM

Wrong thread

Edited by Merc14, 08 December 2012 - 08:01 AM.

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Posted 08 December 2012 - 05:16 PM

We could say that the paintings of caveman can be a piece of Art


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Posted 08 December 2012 - 07:13 PM

what else would they draw, there were no cars, planes, buildings ...


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Posted 08 December 2012 - 07:20 PM

View Postmasaimara, on 08 December 2012 - 07:13 PM, said:

what else would they draw, there were no cars, planes, buildings ...

Raquel Welch!

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Posted 09 December 2012 - 05:12 AM

Unlike modern artists, the ancient artists studied their subjects first???


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Posted 09 December 2012 - 06:23 AM

View PostDieChecker, on 09 December 2012 - 05:12 AM, said:

Unlike modern artists, the ancient artists studied their subjects first???

Or maybe scientists know diddly squat about art.


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Posted 09 December 2012 - 09:23 AM

It's easier to easier to get the message across when the idea is simple.  Cavemen were a simpler people then we are.  That's all. It's easier to draw a horse when your not worrying about everything involved in drawing a horse. I think about the fur for instance my horse drawing starts looking less like a horse and more like the red furry creature(Gossamer I think it's name is) that Bug Bunny faced(Doesn't help I can't draw for crap but that's beside the point :P). Nowadays we over complicate things.


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Posted 09 December 2012 - 11:27 AM

Nice article.





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