This review was born in order to promote public knowledge about the art of the Paleolithic or Ancient Stone Age. As everyone knows, the origin of the arts is in the Paleolithic, but the first art is not constituted by the paintings of animals in the caves, nor by the small feminine sculptures called Venuses, as we read about in academic books. These forms of art derive from other more ancient forms, produced by men more ancient than Homo Sapiens Neanderthalensis.
In order to interpret the meaning of Paleolithic art, we will have recourse to all the scientific disciplines directly or indirectly concerned: to protohistorical, historical and ethnographic parallelisms; to paleoanthropology and paleopsycology. In this magazine, the art from the prehistory until the present will traverse all the continents.
The decision was taken to create this magazine because the time is mature.
In the Lower and Middle Paleolithic, but also in the Upper Paleolithic, discoveries of intriguing sculptures in stone are increasingly numerous. From the hominids to the archaic Homo Sapiens, the Neanderthals, and Homo Sapiens Sapiens, the production of art has been continuous, but the engagement of paleoethnologists and paleoanthropologists is still insufficient, both in the fieldwork, and in the interpretation, and consequently the publicly available information is still insufficient. These discoveries, even those of the middle period, are not discussed in the literature.
I hope that professional scholars and amateurs alike will collaborate with us in order to enrich the magazine, so that the art of human origins, and of the entire Paleolithic, can enter the mainstream of our culture.

Licia Filingeri (Editor)
Genova, 2000, december 24

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