Dating painting canvas
The earliest known Indian paintings were the rock paintings of prehistoric times, the petroglyphs as found in places like the Rock Shelters of Bhimbetka, and some of them are older than 5500 BC.
Such works continued and after several millennia, in the 7th century, carved pillars of Ajanta, Maharashtra state present a fine example of Indian paintings.
The most important work of the Mesolithic era were the marching warriors, a rock painting at Cingle de la Mola, Castellón, Spain dated to about 7000 to 4000 BC.
The technique used was probably spitting or blowing the pigments onto the rock.
From the Modern era, the Middle Ages through the Renaissance painters worked for the church and a wealthy aristocracy.
The oldest known paintings are approximately 40,000 years old.
Developments in Eastern painting historically parallel those in Western painting, in general a few centuries earlier.
Chinese painting is one of the oldest continuous artistic traditions in the world.
The history of Japanese painting is a long history of synthesis and competition between native Japanese aesthetics and adaptation of imported ideas.They are engraved and painted using red ochre and black pigment and show horses, rhinoceros, lions, buffalo, mammoth or humans often hunting.There are examples of cave paintings all over the world—in France, India, Spain, Portugal, China, Australia etc.Across cultures, and spanning continents and millennia, the history of painting is an ongoing river of creativity, that continues into the 21st century.Until the early 20th century it relied primarily on representational, religious and classical motifs, after which time more purely abstract and conceptual approaches gained favor.
They may be the result of a basic need of expression that is innate to human beings, or they could have been for the transmission of practical information.