I was delighted to see in The Sunday Times newspaper that the Art History poster by Waldemar Januszczak, the British art critic and television documentary producer and presenter, began with the Lion Man statue from 40,000 BC.
In other words, prehistoric art was being recognised as the beginning of art.
As he states on Twitter:
Here are three ways to get a great education in art:
1/ Study art history at the Courtauld Institute for 5 years.
2/ Watch every art film put out on the BBC in the past 50 years.
3/ Get the Sunday Times today, and pin up Waldy’s Art History poster!
For prehistoric art he chooses:
Lion Man statue - 40,000 BC
Cave paintings - Chauvet 35,000 BC
Venus of Willendorf - 30,000 BC
Aboriginal art, Gabarnmung - Australia 26,000 BC
Lascaux Cave Paintings - 17,000 BC
Cueva de las Manos - Argentina c.13,000 BC
Rock art, Tassili n'Ajjer - Algeria 12,000-5,000 BC
Rock art, Matopos Hills - Zimbabwe 10,000-500 BC
Of course, and sadly, the prehistoric artists have not been named; oh, to be in a list with the likes of Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Caravaggio, Vermeer, JMW Turner, Monet, Gaugin, Matisse, Picasso, Pollock and Koons! Comment