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The Aesthetic BrainHow We Evolved to Desire Beauty and Enjoy Art$
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Anjan Chatterjee, MD

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199811809

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199811809.001.0001

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The roots of art

The roots of art

(p.150) Chapter 6 The roots of art
The Aesthetic Brain

Anjan Chatterjee

Oxford University Press

Perhaps journeying back to the origins of art, we might find art in a pristine form. Philosophers point out difficulties in defining art, and critics and historians point out difficulties in interpreting art. The Pleistocene, the period between 1.8 million years to 10,000 years ago, is when we find traces of early art. Perhaps examining ancient art, including ornaments and their decoration and geometry, will give us insight into both art and aesthetic experiences at their very inception.

Keywords:   origins, Pleistocene, art, ornaments, decoration, geometry

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