Tate Ancient and the Earliest Art

Monday 19 February 2018 at 2.00 pm

Ben Roberts

When was the earliest art? What did it mean? The discoveries of cave paintings as well as sculpted bone and stone figures in the 19th century stimulated ferocious debates. These have re-shaped the very understandings of human origins. From the spectacular walls in Lascaux cave in France to the Venus of Willendorf in Austria, our hunter-gatherer ancestors were anything but primitive cavemen.