Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Watercolor on limestone

Why not start the new year with a glimpse in the rear-view mirror? While waiting for paper to be invented the Stone Age watercolorists relied on rock for a support. Of course the flickering light and the artists’ imagination must have influenced the result but still the Paleolithic painters rendered animals that resemble their present-day relatives, which indicates a realistic approach. Geneticists recently confirmed some of the coat color variation in ice age horses. The ancestral bay dun was probably the most common one but a European wild horse flock must have been a beautiful mix ranging all the way to leopard spotted and grullo.

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