The art produced are the products of minds as intellectually capable and sophisticated as our own.
In Europe and Africa, early works of art depict animals, humans and include archaic symbols.
Works from this prehistoric period are not always simple, but can be quite complex.
The Lascaux Cave paintings for example were made with brushes made from animal fur.
Because the people who made these art pieces were amateurs there is evidence of their desire to show both realism and to use abstraction in an effort to make the art more portable.
Paleolithic artists have five main colors at their disposal: yellow, red, brown, black and white.
The cave art of all social groups consists of five principal motifs: human figures, animals, tools and weapons, rudimentary local maps, and symbols or ideograms.Anthropology is the study of mankind's behaviour and origins, and asides from studying bones and fossils, it also studies the ancient architecture, tools and artwork mankind left behind.Very few art pieces stand the test of time and only the toughest sculptures and paintings made with plenty of pigment (and presumably sheltered from the elements) have managed to last tens of thousands of years.You always have the choice to experience our sites without personalized advertising based on your web browsing activity by visiting the DAA’s Consumer Choice page, the NAI's website, and/or the EU online choices page, from each of your browsers or devices.To avoid personalized advertising based on your mobile app activity, you can install the DAA’s App Choices app here.