In the Beginning There Was Art

Creation: Art Since the Beginning

John-Paul Stonard


This fully-illustrated, panoramic world history of art from ancient civilisation to the present day explores the remarkable endurance of humankind’s creative impulse. Some 50,000 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 in Europe another human retrieved a lump of charcoal from an old fire and sketched four galloping horses. Our instinct to produce images in response to nature allowed the earliest Homo sapiens to understand the world around us. 

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