Friday, October 12, 2007

Oldest Painting in the world 11,000 years old

Hi all
Just saw this article from Reuters…

“French archaeologists say they have excavated an 11,000-year-old wall painting (above) in red, black and white in northern Syria which they describe as the oldest in the world, although it resembles a modern work.

The 2-square-metre painting was found below ground at the Neolithic settlement of Djade al-Mughara on the Euphrates, northeast of the city of Aleppo, mission head Eric Coqueugniot told Reuters.

It looks like a modernist painting. Some of those who saw it have likened it to work by

Imagine that, 11,000 years old! Some unknown artist (perhaps he was famous back then?) created that image long before the pyramids at Giza were built (3200 B.C) or the Greeks and the Romans even conceived of shaping their empires. Isn’t there something humbling yet reassuring to know that the human creative spirit stretches back that far and indeed in the case of the Lascaux cave paintings…possibly much further!

Catch you later