The Old Stone Age

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Throughout history, we have been able to learn about a people’s culture, their religion, and their way of life through the art they leave behind. Starting out in the Old Stone age, cave paintings at Lascaux, France gave us an insight into the life of a person in that era (pg. 20-21). Moving on in history we see that several cultures chose to depict important parts of their lives with mural paintings. During the period of Late Antiquity, we can see mural paintings in the Dura Europa synagogue of the third century. In the eighth century Mesoamerica, we glimpse a colorful mural from Mexico. In Japanese culture, we observe the Amida Buddha Triad mural from the eighth century as well. Lastly, and most recent in the fourteenth century, we look at the fresco painting of Giotto in late medieval Italy. Starting our journey of mural painting observation, we begin in the period of late antiquity when religious works were more prevalent. Monotheism was on the rise and became more acceptable than polytheism and we see a growth of biblical scenes (pg. 233). The Synagogue of Dura Europa, today considered present day Syria, is an exceptional building depicting various stories from the Torah; the first five books of Jewish scriptures, making the Jewish bible and old testament. The synagogue itself was a home converted into a house of worship. The main room was covered in mural paintings and the only vacant space held a special alcove for the Torah (pg. 235). Surprising about the mural
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