CAVE ART AND THE THEORY OF ART: THE ORIGINS OF THE RELIGIOUS INTERPRETATION OF PALAEOLITHIC GRAPHIC EXPRESSION
Article first published online: 5 JAN 2010
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Oxford Journal of Archaeology
Volume 29, Issue 1, pages 1–14, February 2010
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PALACIO-PÉREZ, E. (2010), CAVE ART AND THE THEORY OF ART: THE ORIGINS OF THE RELIGIOUS INTERPRETATION OF PALAEOLITHIC GRAPHIC EXPRESSION. Oxford Journal of Archaeology, 29: 1–14. doi: 10.1111/j.1468-0092.2009.00337.x
- Issue published online: 5 JAN 2010
- Article first published online: 5 JAN 2010
This paper explores the origins of the symbolic–religious interpretation of Palaeolithic art. We analyse the relationship between the explanations that were given of the ‘primitive’ mentality in the second half of the nineteenth century and the birth of the religious interpretations of Palaeolithic art and we try to show how this union does not express a direct cause–effect relationship. In order for the union to take place, an intellectual change that would generate a new way of understanding the origins and the nature of art was necessary.