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The Aesthetic Animal$
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Henrik Hogh-Olesen

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780190927929

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190927929.001.0001

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The First Humans and the First Art

The First Humans and the First Art

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The Aesthetic Animal

Henrik Hogh-Olesen

Oxford University Press

The chapter follows the aesthetic impulse back to human prehistory and looks at prehistoric art. In order to establish our aesthetic inclinations as a primary impulse—and not just as a surplus phenomenon appearing in high cultures in times of plenty, when people have no better things to do—it is important to track this impulse back to its first expression and to the material living conditions at the time. Regarding the origin of this primary impulse, it is interesting to consider who these people were in terms of psychology. Who were the creators of the prehistoric art, and what motivated this activity?

Keywords:   cave art, cult, prehistoric art, prehistoric humans, sacral, secular, shamanism, terianthrope, testosterone

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