Cave paintings of extinct animals
June 20, 2011 1:39 AM Subscribe
In Paul Johnson's Art: A New History the author writes... Cave art portrays human hands; large numbers of animals in different activities, including various species, such as the woolly rhinoceros, which are now extinct, and a few which were extinct even at the time they were painted;.... How do we think this worked? Do we believe that artists replicated representations of animals from earlier painting when there were no living examples to study? Is the record of animal extinctions precise enough that we can confidently assert that a given animal was extinct when they were painted?