Have you ever been into a prehistoric cave filled with paintings? It’s an experience that you will not forget for the rest of your life. When Pablo Picasso visited the Altamira cave paintings, situated in northern Spain, he claimed “after Altamira, all is decadence”. He was right. The art situated in Altamira cave and into several other caves in Spain, France and other regions in the world, are without a doubt the greatest pieces of art ever created. Like all masterpieces, this art provides an insight of how people thought, even though these paintings were made thousands of years ago.
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Also known as “the prehistoric Sistine Chapel”, Lascaux Caves are situated in southwestern France. These caves are adorned with some of the most famous and astonishing paintings in the world. These works of art are estimated to be 17,000 years old. Most of these paintings have been found far away from the cave entrance and probably they have been created with the aid of candles. The most recognizable painting here is The Great Hall of the Bulls. In this painting horses, bulls and deer are depicted. Unfortunately, due to the damage caused by the high numbers of visitors, the Lascaux paintings have been permanently closed to the public. The French government has decided to build a copy of the original cave.
Kakadu Rock Paintings
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Kakadu National Park, situated in the Northern Territory of Australia, homes one of the greatest concentrations of Aboriginal art sites in the country. More than 4000 art sites have been discovered in this park, among rock outliers and escarpment. These paintings are estimated to have an age of around 25,000 years. The major attraction is situated in the Ubirr site, where you can see a beautiful example of “X-ray art” in the world. It seems that the Aboriginals have painted bones and internal organs of the animals.
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Kakadu Rock Paintings
Bhimbetka is situated in central India and homes more than 600 rock shelters filled with prehistoric cave paintings. Most of these paintings are executed in red and white, with a little yellow and green from part to part. These prehistoric cave paintings picture the lives of the people who lived in the caves. You can see animals, like tigers, bisons, lions and crocodiles, which where abundantly depicted in a few caves. The oldest painting here is estimated at 12,000 years old.
Visiting prehistoric cave paintings is a true experience that you need to enjoy at least once in a lifetime. What do you think about cave paintings?
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