27,000 Year Old Portrait
A 27,000 year old portrait drawing has been found in a cave in France, which makes it the oldest ever discovered.
The Modigliani/Picasso-esque head is from a time where man was much less developed and was probably chasing big Mammoths around, but it wouldn't look out of place sitting a modern art museum.Old masters
"Why did the first artists draw like Picasso? It has to be because of their attitude to the face, to their own embodiment and that of the people they lived with - it has to be because of how they saw human beings specifically, because this is very different from the way they painted animals. Stone Age artists could paint with a verisimilitude that takes your breath away; the horse panel in the Chauvet cave, older than this drawing, is covered with acutely observed heads of aurochs (extinct relatives of cattle) and horses whose tufty manes are painted with a clarity Da Vinci would have admired. Why is the human face so much harder to decipher, so stylised?" Guardian
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