The origin of visual expression: The desire to express himself is clearly seen in the fascinating cave paintings of prehistoric man. The earliest time period in human development is the Paleolithic era and this is where we first see evidence of cave art. The Magdalenian (Cro-Magnon man) period is when cave art was at it's peak and it is estimated that approximately 200 cave paintings exist in France and Spain alone. Some cave paintings date back as far as 10,000-25,000 years ago. Pre-historic cave art continued on from the Paleolithic to Mesolithic, and Neolithic/Chalcolithic, time periods.
The origin of vision:
origin of painting: ±
32,000 years ago, Upper Paleolithic artist/shaman began carving and painting
on the cave walls. It seems the first hard evidence of the existence
of early human artworks a mental image in the brain as we see
it being transformed into a tangible visible image on a wall. Almost
all, seems to begin with mimesis and the transfiguration of shadows.
Iconic signs may be experienced in all senses, aural, visual, tactile,
olfactory and synesthetic.
( ( ( Motions of the Mind ) ) )