A polychrome cave painting consists of two or more colours, as exemplified by the glorious multi-coloured images of bison on the ceiling at Altamira, or the magnificent aurochs in the Chamber of the Bulls at Lascaux.In contrast, the term "cave drawing" refers (strictly speaking) only to an engraved drawing - that is, one made by cutting lines in the rock surface with a flint or stone tool, rather than one made by drawing lines with charcoal or manganese.
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What Was the Purpose of These Cave Paintings? Famous Caves - France and Spain - Rest of Europe - India - South Africa - Namibia - Australia - Argentina - SE Asia In prehistoric art, the term "cave painting" encompasses any parietal art which involves the application of colour pigments on the walls, floors or ceilings of ancient rock shelters.
A monochrome cave painting is a picture made with only one colour (usually black) - see, for instance, the monochrome images at Chauvet.
Here's a look at the rock art, discovered and dated from seven caves sites in Sulawesi, an island of Indonesia.
[Read full story on the Indonesia cave art] The paintings were found decades ago in Indonesia's Maros and Pangkep regions, which have cave-dotted karst rock formations.
They also created artwork of people, animals, and patterns by drawing or etching on rock--the oldest example to date of such artwork has been found in Gibraltar and is thought to have been created by Neanderthals.
In the 14th century, drawing became a popular activity after paper became a widely available material.
At present we have no firm idea when cave painting first began.
One theory links the evolution of Stone Age art to the arrival of anatomically modern humans in Europe during the period of the Upper Paleolithic.
The only substantial difference in his palette in respects to those of his contemporaries was the extensive use of natural ultramarine (pure lapis lazuli) rather than the much cheaper azurite.