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Paleolithic Objects Notes

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Paleolithic Objects Notes Art H 111

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These are the notes from the first online lecture. It covers the paleolithic objects video and lecture.
Ancient through medieval art
Dr. Bruhn
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Art History, Paleolithic Objects




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Date Created: 02/01/16
Paleolithic Objects Video  1908 Austria  25,000 year old statue of a women, the Venus of Willendorf  Made from limestone  It is the most valued object in the natural history museum  Her features are deliberate  Other countries have made statues like this one  Her exaggerated features baffle people Paleolithic Objects Lecture  BCE- before the common era  Stone age- called that because of archeological findings of stone tools  Old stone age- Paleolithic period  New stone age- Neolithic period  Lithic- greek for stone  Paleo- greek for old  Neo- greek for new Paleolithic Art  Cro-Magnons were the first people to create works of art  Used natural materials (stone, clay, ivory, bone and earth) Ukraine and Russia  Mammoth bone structures  16,000-10,000 BCE  Doorways and roof supports were made of the mammoth tusks  Found in small settlements with up to 10 houses each  Had a central fire pit where daily activities took place  Larger dwellings had multiple fire pits and individual places set aside for different uses and some dwellings had pigmented floors Lion Human hybrid  Oldest human sculptures  30,000-40,0000 years old  Made around 30,000 BCE  Found in Germany  Carved out of mammoth ivory  Discovered in 1969 presented in 200 tiny fragments  Finally reconstructed in 2001  Arguments about whether it is a male or female figure Women/Venus of Willendorf  Found in 1908 in Austria  Made around 24,000 BCE  The limestone used to make this statue is not native to the area  It is very likely that this figure was carried from another place suggesting that she was important to the whomever brought her to Willendorf  A compilation of every aspect of female fertility  The figure represents an ideal of being well fed  With her vagina shown prominently, it can be seen as an ideal fertile figure  The name Venus was a joke due to the modern interpretations of beauty Venus like figure- Czech Republic Women  23,000 BCE  Carved from hematite (iron ore)  Shows an ideal form closer to our own modern form  Shows her one hip is higher than the other suggesting that she is walking Sculpted female face from France  The finding was not recorded or lost  Sculpted around 30,000 BCE  Carved from ivory  Example of an abstracted representation of a human head  May have been a portrait


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