Who Made the First Painting?

Many artists today paint pictures in which they make no effort to show the world around them. But when man began to paint pictures, that is exactly what he wanted to do, In caves, where early man lived thousands of years ago, paintings have been found that show animals as lifelike as can be.

These were made by the people of the Old Stone Age of Europe. Many  thousands of years later, When the Egyptians had created one of man’s had created one of man’s first civilizations, paintings were also lifelike. The Egyptians believed there was a life after death, so they painted on the walls of their tombs everything that went on in their lives.

They were figures of men, women, and children with animals, boats, and other objects. The most artistic people of any age, except perhaps the Chinese, were the Greeks, who were at the height of their glory about 500 B.C Their aim in sculpture was the imitation of life, but life in its perfect or ideal form.


Christianity, which originated in the Near East, brought an important change in art. The naturalism of ancient art was replaced by Oriental styles with flat design and symbolism. During the Medieval period, which lasted from about 500 to 1500,  the arts of fresco and illuminating manuscripts were perfected

Fresco is done by painting with a brush directly into fresh plaster, so that when it is dry the picture is a permanent part of the wall. The illustration of  manuscripts or books, which is called “illumination”, was practiced by the monks. They made exquisite letters and pictures and full page illustration.

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