When I decided to put together a selection of stencils , I wondered about how humans started putting art on walls in the first place. That led me to doing some research and finally to this blog. That said, here’s a list of 5 fascinating cave paintings and why you need to care about each one.
The Lascaux Caves
These have been called the prehistoric Sistine Chapel for good reason. They’re located in South-Western France and are still considered remarkable although they were made 15,000 years ago.
Altamira Cave Paintings
Like a lot of other famous cave paintings, these ones located in Spain were discovered by accident. These paintings are so extraordinary, they were discovered in 1868 but not authenticated until the beginning of the 20th century. The images were so realistic people thought they were forgeries until other relics from the Stone Age were found in the area.
Once again, some of the finest prehistoric artwork can be found in these caves in the south of France. What makes this particular site even more amazing is the fossilized footprints of humans and animals on the floor. This is also one of the more modern finds since it was made famous in 1994.
What makes these paintings even more spectacular is the fact that they come from two distinct periods. One dates back 30,000 to 32,000 years ago. There is even a small child’s footprint that has been left as evidence of the existence of the artists that inhabited this cave.
Cosquer Cave Paintings
It doesn’t seem that we will be able to get away from France for our list of cave paintings. However, I’m sure there are quite a few of you who would argue against leaving out the Cosquer Cave Paintings. These were discovered in 1991. The entrance to the cave where they are located is now underwater.
Here’s what we know
The smart people who study such things have looked at these cave paintings and come to some interesting conclusions. First, most of them are located deep inside caves in hard to access places. This means the paintings more than likely had some kind of ritual importance.
Scientists think that the southern France cave paintings represent a time when creativity exploded in the minds of developing humans. It’s being called the beginning of our creative spark as a species. There is another common hypothesis that these cave paintings were designed to bring good luck to the hunters at a dangerous time.