Vol. 6 No. 2 (2013): Aesthetics and Evolutionism: Requirements, Perspectives, Issues
Articles

Prima e al di là dell’arte: origine dei segni e delle figurazioni nell’arte paleolitica

Published December 29, 2013
Keywords
  • evolutionary aesthetics,
  • palaeolithic art,
  • human evolution,
  • symbolism
How to Cite
Martini, F. (2013). Prima e al di là dell’arte: origine dei segni e delle figurazioni nell’arte paleolitica. Aisthesis. Pratiche, Linguaggi E Saperi dell’estetico, 6(2), 49-60. https://doi.org/10.13128/Aisthesis-13768

Abstract

Figurative experience, as a codified system of images, emerges in Europe about 40.000 years ago. Together with the development of a figurative system, Homo sapiens acquired his modern cognitive architecture: an entirely articulated language, as well-developed as our current phonological system is, and others cognitive capacities such as basic drawing skills, self-consciousness and group cohesiveness. “Making sign”, as a complex nonverbal symbolism, is a crucial stage in human evolution: a stage of complex symbolism by means of a non-verbal language. Its value is both eidetic, when it aims at producing metaphoric and shared images, and individual, when it is involved in individual performances, that do not imply spectators.

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