THE L-MENSCH STATUTE
The oldest sculpture ever found is an ivory figure from the Paleolithic period, which dates to about 35,000 BC. It was made of mammoth tusk and was discovered in a cave in Hohlenstein-Stadel, Germany, in 1939. It is roughly 12" tall and is titled Löwenmensch (German for "lion human"). It shows a human with a feline face. The carving, which was made with crude flint tools, is thought to have taken more than 350 hours to complete. The fact that this statuette took so much time to create implies that it must have been a very significant artifact because tribes of the period barely managed to survive. It might have been used in a shamanic ceremony, to win the tribe's protection, or to guarantee a "good hunt."
The Renaissance, which began at the beginning of the 15th century, brought forth an interdisciplinary study of the humanities that included physics, astronomy, and mathematics. The careful and dignified perfection of the Classical era was revisited by artists. These concepts were spread via the printing press, and artists started to be more open to a scientific view of reality.
The figures of the Renaissance era included Donatello, Michelangelo, Raphael, and Leonardo da Vinci. Italian sculptor Donatello was active in Florence in the middle of the 15th century. Donatello had Leonardo da Vinci as one of his pupils. In addition, Michelangelo, one of history’s most well-known artists, was born in 1475. A prodigy and true “Renaissance Man,” Michelangelo created “Madonna and Child,” one of his earliest sculptures, when he was just 16 years old.