Art Principles and History

Prehistoric Art

Where did art begin?

Most traditional art history survey textbooks and courses begin with the prehistoric art of Europe and the Near East. It is convention, as much as anything else, and fits within the mostly chronologic presentation of the history of art in this book. Do note, however, that art itself did not begin in Europe—there is no single place where art began. Examples of prehistoric art can be found around the globe.


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