The earliest and possibly clearest examples of subject determining stylistic differences is to be found in Neolithic art.
With remarkable consistency Animals are portrayed with direct realism based on observation while hunting , and probably dissection occuring when eating. Humans are shown smaller in scale, rudimentary in anatomy , and represented as schemata. Landscape depiction is rare, small and diagrammatic, plan or map views prevail albeit with differing conventions. eg rock art pointers to real features which complete the map. Continue reading ACADEMIC LANDSCAPE AN OXYMORON? MUSINGS ON IDEALISM