Bamyan in afghanistan predating european oil painting by
They say that in 12 caves 7th-Century wall-paintings were created using oil paint, derived possibly from walnuts or the poppies which grew in the area.It is believed oil painting in Europe began only some six centuries after this.In 12 of 50 caves, the murals were painted using drying oils -- perhaps from walnuts and poppy seeds -- the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility said.Its findings on the age of the oil paintings were published this week in The Journal of Analytical Atomic Spectrometry.The researchers relied on a combination of synchrotron techniques, including infrared micro-spectroscopy, micro X-ray fluorescence, micro X-ray absorption spectroscopy and micro X-ray diffraction.
She said it was previously thought the technique originated in Europe during the Renaissance, eight centuries later.
Murals found on cave walls in Afghanistan prove that painting with oil had been going on in Asia for centuries before artists used the technique in Europe, scientists said this week.
Until now, art historians believed that oil painting started in Europe in the 15th century.
Painting with oils was taking place in what is now Afghanistan centuries before such techniques were known to Europeans, researchers say.
French-based scientists have been investigating cave paintings at the ancient complex of Bamiyan.Oil paintings have been found in caves behind the two ancient colossal Buddha statues destroyed in 2001 by the Taliban, suggesting that Asians — not Europeans — were the first to invent oil painting.