THE HISTORY OF ART IN HOMES Humans are the only species known to create art, with the first examples of paintings dating back at least 40,000 years. A vessel for communication, art serves not only as a decoration, it also plays an important role in religion and as a symbol of power. In our brief tour of art history, we’ll be revealing some of the most important breakthroughs of art in our homes. The need to create is deeply ingrained in human nature. It’s seen in archaeological finds through the everyday objects, tools and pottery that were intricately designed to be both functional and aesthetically pleasing. From cave paintings and sculptures to large-scale frescoes, photography and contemporary art, humanity has reached new levels of artistic excellence, but the creative force remains the same. While once only the richest could afford to decorate their dwellings with art, it is now a staple aspect of home décor and an affordable way to bring joy to our lives. To understand why we embellish our private spaces, we’re about to take you on a very special journey through the past.
76 FINE ART COLLECTOR AUTUMN 2018
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