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Art History for Kids: The First Wall Paintings

March 2, 2013 by  
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A soon as primitive people settled down and began to build their houses with stones and mud bricks, they also created The First Wall Paintings.

Çatalhöyük was a city built in Turkey 8,000 years ago, during the Neolithic period. It is amazing how thousands of people lived in such a large city. Archeologists not only found the oldest known mirrors, fabrics, and wooden containers, but they also found wall paintings. Çatalhöyük houses had wall paintings of bulls.

The walls were made with bricks, and because they have a very rough texture it was not suitable to paint over it, so they first covered the walls with a white substance called stucco. This technique that has been around for more than 8,000 years and  despite of all technological developments, it still is used today to cover and decorate the walls.

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