Cave Hands

Uploaded by HistoriaDaArte1 on 20.03.2009

What did they want to tell us?
Prehistoric art is present in almost all regions of the planet
and constitute sources of information extremely important for the
artistic, intelectual and cultural iniciation of our civilization.
It is very interesting to know how and with what elements have these ancient pictographies been made
that, besides their historical value, also have an aesthetic value that
still surprises us for its polichromy and sinthesis.
First of all, we must state that they have used all the avaiable natural
elements to make these drawings, crushing rocks and transforming them into
mineral powder of different colors.
One of the paintings that most intrigue the researcher is, without a doubt,
the drawing of positives and negatives of human hands.
The majority of these pictographies exist in places that are very hard to reach.
Dale Guthrie, paleobiologist and specialist in prehistoric art:
"Prehistoric art is about the typical teenage obsessions: sex and danger"
"Almost every hand that was imprinted in ocher in the walls belonged
to kids from 9 to 17 years old" according to Dale Guthrie.
Who were the real authors of the paintings made 40,000 to 10,000 years ago?
In Spain, of the 197 identified hands, not counting the two of La Pasiega and the sixteen
of Santián, the predominant color is red ocher.