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Religious beliefs are the basis of the origins of Palaeolithic art

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Kara Sundstrom
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« on: March 31, 2010, 02:38:21 am »

New times for western art

Between 1880 and 1900 the conception of art changed in western society. Anthropologists, archaeologists and historians of Art started to consider other possibilities. Artistic theory and practice that was being made in Europe changed with postimpressionism, the appearance of Art Nouveau or the generalisation of photography; in addition, with the mass arrival to museums of the metropolis of artistic pieces from non-Greco-Latin cultures and "primitive arts" of the colonies. "All this produced a transformation in the concept of art itself", pointed out the expert.

"At this time, the conception of the origins and the nature of art that the westerners and scientists had at the time was redefined. From then on Palaeolithic art was reinterpreted in a symbolic-religious key, at the time when the age of parietal art was accepted", concludes the researcher.



Eduardo Palacio-Perez, "Cave art and the theory of art: the origins of the religious interpretation of Palaeolithic Graphics Expresion" Oxford Journal of Archaeology 29(1): 1-14 febrero de 2010
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