The first pictures: perceptual foundations of Paleolithic art.

@article{Halverson1992TheFP,
  title={The first pictures: perceptual foundations of Paleolithic art.},
  author={Jerome Halverson},
  journal={Perception},
  year={1992},
  volume={21 3},
  pages={389-404}
}
Paleolithic representational art has a number of consistent characteristics: the subjects are almost always animals, depicted without scenic background, usually in profile, and mostly in outline; the means of representation are extremely economical, often consisting of only a few strokes that indicate the salient features of the animal which are sufficient to suggest the whole form; and it is naturalistic to a degree, but lacks anything like photographic realism. Two elementary questions are… CONTINUE READING
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