History of Walls and Ceiling Decoration

Man has always had the inherent need to decorate his living space with art. Historically, everything from the ancient cave paintings to modern mansions and lavish palaces have one thing in common- the presence of wall and ceiling decoration. The question that then arises is why exactly did they do it? Was it a need to be creative, or did these paintings have a religious meaning? Some scholars believe that primitive man went into caves to talk to the gods and the paintings were either a wish list, a sort of symbolic pray, or a vision the gods sent them. Another theory is that the paintings could be a type of “bragging rites” in the form of one skilled hunter showing the rest what he had caught.


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