"The Misanthrope" by Pieter Bruegal the Elder, 1568. - "The hooded misanthrope, who refuses to look at the world, is being robbed by the small figure in a glass ball, a symbol of vanity. The inscription on the painting reads: because the world is perfidious, I am going into mourning. The moral of the painting is that this belief brings only harm and first of all to its owner. Its immoral to live in the world and abandon responsibility for it."
Stone age cave painting of horses from Chauvet, France. The paintings there are the oldest known, carbon-dated to approximately 33,000 years ago, almost twice the age of the Lascaux cave paintings. The dates have been a matter of dispute but a study published in 2012 supports placing the art in the Aurignacian period, approximately 30,000-32,000 BP. - Amazing!