The root of art

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"Art is a human activity consisting in this, that one man consciously, by means of certain external signs, hands on to others, feelings he has lived through and that others are infected by these feelings and also experience them." When we think of history we don't often think of art. We don't realize how the history of art can help us learn more about the people, the cultures, and the belief systems of those who lived hundreds and thousands of years before us.

Art has developed, influenced, and contributed starting from the great Stone Age to the present day. Art gives an insight into the changes and evolution that man and culture have gone through to become what is today. Art is culture, art is the essence of the people who make it and the best way to appreciate art is to look at the history of it and it's evolvement through time. The Great Ages consists of four distinct ages: The Old Stone Age, The New Stone Age, The Bronze Age, and The Iron Age. These four Great Ages is the complete history of art from the beginning to the present day. Each age is named characteristically for the type of material used for that time. Stone was used in the Old and New Stone age, bronze in the Bronze Age, and iron in !

the Iron Age. The Great Ages began with The Old Stone Age starting at 100,000 BC. The people lived in tribes and clans and often moved from place to place, hunting and gathering to live. They believed all life was sacred and all beings were divine, including animals. The tribal teachings taught that man and nature are one. Hunting and gathering was a sacred ritual because they would often believe they were at one with the animal being hunted. An illustration in Art Through The Ages, (Hall of the Bulls found in Lasacux, c 15,000-13,000 b.c.

Largest bull approx. 11'6" long) a beautiful caves painting of Bulls. It shows how sacred these animals were to the people. The painter took the time not only to paint such a true to nature image but also purposely put it in a remote location hundreds of feet above the entrance. The location of the painting suggest that it was used as a spiritual image that perhaps shamans would use to communicate with the spirit of the animal. In approxima!

tely 10,000 BC the New Stone Age hand began. In the Old Stone Age, the Great Goddess, alone made the universe, but as the New Stone Age emerged, it was thought that she needed a male partner. This is one of the significant differences between the Old and New Stone age. The thought that the Goddess needed a partner in the creation of the universe, led to the partnership between the Great Goddess and Great God. In the New Stone Age rarely is this partnership broken.

Neither can create without the other, they are equal in all aspects and due to the mindset of their theology, gender equality was very consistent in the New Stone age society. An annual ritual would often be reenacted to show the Sacred Marriage of the Goddess and God in the creation of the universe. One of the more common examples of the divine couple is Father Sky and Mother Earth. A further representation of the sacred marriage is the Stonehenge, (Stonehenge, Arial view, c 2000 B.C. 97 diameter;

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