PALEOLITHIC ART MAGAZINE
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
Licia Filingeri (Editor)
Genova, 2000, december 24
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