Thursday, July 05, 2012

Paleolithic Age > Venus of Willendorf

When first discovered in 1908, the Venus of Willendorf was thought to have been made at the same time as the cave paintings in Lascaux (roughly 15,000 BC).  In 1990s, a comprehensive study was done and the date of creation is now estimated at 24,000 - 22,000 BC.  While I debated including a nude figurine in our timeline, the piece is so iconic and so important in art history that I decided to tell the girls about it.

I just hope this doesn't come back and haunt me when the girls are asked to do sculpture in school and end up doing sculptures of nude women.  Anyway, here is the original Venus of Willendorf:

And here is their take on the Venus of Willendorf.
(Made of salt dough. Baked. Then painted.)

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