A Dog Named Robot Discovers 17,000 Year Old Cave Paintings #ArtHistory
Once upon a time a dog named Robot disappeared down a hole. It turns out that the hole led to a cave and in that cave were 17,000 year old paintings . If you name your dog robot, that’s the sort of thing that will happen. Here’s the story from Kurzgesagt, animating an episode of John Green’s podcast:
…after quite a bit of digging, they discovered a cave with walls covered with paintings, including over 900 paintings of animals, horses, stags, bison and also species that are now extinct, including a wooly rhinoceros. The paintings were astonishingly detailed and vivid with red, yellow and black paint made from pulverized mineral pigments that were usually blown through a narrow tube, possibly a hollowed bone, onto the walls of the cave. It would eventually be established that these artworks were at least 17,000 years old.
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