• There have been different means of visual communications in early civilizations. Cave paintings and Rock drawings are examples, but almost each ornamental art practised in early civilisations was a means of communicating ideas, and not mere decoration. Man has used ornaments on many different objects: on his own body, as paintings and as tattoos, on ceramics, on buildings, on wooden implements of all kinds. As to the second part of your question, it is difficult to parallel the visual communication of early civilizations with the art of today. As much as we know, art in early civilizations was connected to religious or social functions, whereas the art of our time no longer is. It has to legitimize itself ("L'art pour l'art"). thus, it is no longer connected closely to society at large, which accounts for the difficulties many people have with contemporary art.

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