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Chauvet Cave, the 2nd oldest known cave art in Europe
Chauvet, engraving of an owl. The paintings there are the oldest known, carbon-dated to approximately 33,000 years ago, almost twice the age of the Lascaux cave paintings. The dates have been a matter of dispute but a study published in 2012 supports placing the art in the Aurignacian period, approximately 30,000-32,000 BP
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Göbekli Tepe. In southern Turkey, stand three megalithic stone circles several thousand years older than the “first” stone circle built at Stonehenge. Strangely, these ancient circles were built by a hunter-gatherer society. The three stone circles at Göbekli Tepe were deliberately buried for reasons unknown. Some people believe that Göbekli Tepe and the surrounding region were the historical basis behind the biblical Garden of Eden.
Gobeklitepe - The World's First Temple near Sanliurfa, Turkey
All pillars are T-shaped with heights changing from 3 to 6 meters. Archeologists interpret those T-shapes as stylized human beings, mainly because of the depiction of human extremities that appear on some of the pillars. What also appears on these mystical rock statues, are carvings of animals as well as abstract symbols, sometimes picturing a combination of scenes.
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Gobekli-Tepe, Turkey - the oldest man-made structure yet discovered. The site is composed of twenty circular structures spread over a hilltop. What remains today are large limestone pillars decorated with abstract designs of carved animals. So far depictions of snakes, scorpions, birds, boars, foxes and lions have been uncovered. The pillars have been traced to a nearby quarry where unfinished ones can still be seen.
Chauvet Caves. A string of three chambers, 1,700 feet long, as well as one connecting gallery and three vestibules, are all covered with masterworks breathtaking in their use of perspective (as in overlapping mammoths) and shading, techniques that were supposedly not invented until millennia later. One animal, probably a bison, is composed of nothing but red dots.
Elie Nadelman, Horse (1967 cast, c. 1914 original model) Bronze, Baltimore Museum of Art
Elie Nadelman, Horse (1967 cast, c. 1914 original model) Bronze, Baltimore Museum of Art. By 1904, living in Paris, Nadelman became a part of the avant-garde circle that included Picasso, Matisse, and Gertrude Stein. While most dismissed classical art as outmoded and inimical to modernism, he asserted its enduring validity as the ultimate standard of aesthetic and formal beauty.