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Greek art is a very important in the upper paleolithic period Art objects and artifacts areimportant sources of information about civilization prior to written history The number ofartworks lost because of their impermanence can only be imagined since many were created byusing organic materials subject to destruction by fire flood and decay By comparison objectsmade from metal or stone are more likely to survive The Aegean basin was a center of artisticactivity from early times see AEGEAN CIVILIZATIONS the ravages of time and nature Theytoo however are susceptible to deterioration and may bring to our eyes a decidedly differentappearance than they possessed originally Among the earliest objects that have survived arestone figures archaeologists have given the title of Venus of willendorf a small stone figurefound in Austria dating from 20000 BC I think it is a symbolic sculpture most probablydesigned to represent and call forth human fertility In many early civilization people associatedfecundity with the female rather than the male and chose to represent females in their ceremonialimages The reduction of detail and the exaggeration of aspects of the human from in thetwentieth-century sculpture in which a realistic representation of from is likewise not the artists Because of their artistic quality state of preservation and antiquity the paintings in theLascaux caves near Montiganac France are among the most important art discoveries of thetwentieth century According to one widely accepted story the paintings were discovered in1941 by children playing in a field Deep within those caves early artists had painted humansand animal figures and weapons using mixtures of yellow and red ochre-natural found in ironore In spite of fragile nature of material used in these paintings the images have survived Inplaces the walls are nearly covered with stylized figures representing animals that inhabitedwestern Europe 1500 years ago It is one thing to represent an animal with proportionalaccuracy but quite another to express its nature and movement These unnamed artists capturedthe essence of the animals
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