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The Story of Art

John-Paul Stonard

58 mins watch time

Posted November 2021

Culture, History

Some fifty thousand years ago, on an island in modern-day Indonesia, an early human used red ochre pigment to capture the likeness of a native pig on a limestone cave wall. Around the same time, across the globe in Europe, another human retrieved a lump of charcoal from an old fire and sketched four galloping horses. It was like a light turning on in the human mind. Art historian John-Paul Stonard traces the history of art from these first moments to the present day.