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John C. Van Dyke

Books Recommended: Those on Italian art before mentioned; also consult the General Bibliography (page xv.)

Books Recommended: The works on Italian art before mentioned and consult also the General Bibliography (p. xv.)

Books Recommended: The works on Italian art before mentioned and also consult General Bibliography, (page xv.).

The origin of painting is unknown. The first important records of this art are met with in Egypt; but before the Egyptian civilization the men of the early ages probably used color in ornamentation and decoration, and they certainly scratched the outlines of men and animals upon bone and slate. Traces of this rude primitive work still remain to us on the pottery, weapons, and stone implements of the cave-dwellers. But while indicating the awakening of intelligence in early man, they can be reckoned with as art only in a slight archæological way.

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