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After visiting the Altamira cave paintings in northern Spain, Pablo Picasso famously exclaimed “after Altamira, all is decadence”. The art in this cave and in many others that dot parts of France, Spain and other regions in the world are among the greatest pieces of art ever created.
Like all great art they provide an insight into the way that people thought, even though it was tens of thousands of years ago.
Many people simply did not believe prehistoric man had the intellectual capacity to produce any kind of artistic expression.
It was not until 1902 when the paintings were acknowledged as genuine.
Located in central India, Bhimbetka contains over 600 rock shelters decorated with prehistoric cave paintings.