Day By Day

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Painting from the Dawn of Civilization

An 11,000 year old wall painting found in Syria.

So cool! It looks very modern, not representational. The archaeologist who found it says it looks like the work of Paul Klee. He's right. It's a remarkable find.

The culture that produced it was pre-agricultural, hunters and gatherers who were already building permanent dwelling places and artwork. More and more we are beginning to appreciate the sophistication of pre-agricultural peoples and the complex communities they created.

Read about it here.