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Prehistoric to Medieval Art

            Prehistoric depictions of man sought not to be exact, but to tell a story. The early cave paintings did not serve the purpose of aesthetic values so much as to recount the experiences of the tribe as they embarked on the hunt and such. Prehistoric sculptures overemphasized the features of men and women in order to symbolize strength and power for the men and fertility for the women. .
             The Egyptians also used art to tell stories of historical and ritualistic importance, using more details in their work than the prehistoric peoples while still making the story being told the priority. For instance, the use of twisted perception in the art of Egypt shows how attention was paid to major details such as the difference between peasants and pharaohs, but the accuracy of the depiction was not vital.
             The early Greeks seemed to carry on this legacy of symbolism and story over form, but shifted somewhere down the line to create the ideal images of the human body. Muscle tone and beauty were exaggerated by the Classical Greeks, whose culture valued beauty among the highest of values.
             Roman style was very much adapted from the Greeks, whom the Romans conquered. However, there is an added sense of the value of power and brute strength that the Greeks did not hold. While the Greeks were more interested in the beauty and grace of a work of art, the Romans seemed more interested in the order of it. This is why Roman sculptures and depictions of humanity are less idealistic and more based on the order of the human body.
             Medieval art stresses the depictions of religious events and stories more than attention to human form.

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