Some of the earliest records of man's creativity are believed to have stone art. It was beautiful. Man had creativity. But what should he use his gift for? There was little question in the ancient man's mind: Food was awesome: so he drew food.
A man hunting antelope.
A man cooking antelope.
As man became tired of drawing using simple sticks and stones, it was found that paints could be made mixing various plants and organic materials (which is a nice way of saying animal innards). Ironically, the favored color was usually black, which happens to be the same exact color as the scratches made with sticks and stones.
History has records of almost every culture leaving behind some sort of artwork. This is good, not only for historical research, but for also for history text books, which would be unbearably boring without pictures.
An ancient Egyptian hieroglyphic of a chicken, representing the letter "A". c. 2500 B.C.
A Roman coin with a mug shot of Nero. c. 62 A.D.
Join us next time for part 2!