Were the First Artists Mostly Women?

Handprints in ancient cave art most often belonged to women, overturning the dogma that the earliest artists were all men.


Women made most of the oldest-known cave art paintings, suggests a new analysis of ancient handprints. Most scholars had assumed these ancient artists were predominantly men, so the finding overturns decades of archaeological dogma.

I heard about it during this new program that I began today. The subject if THE ART BY WOMEN. Archaeologist DEAN SHAW of Pennsylvania State University analyzed hand stencils found in eight cave sites in France and Spain. By comparing the relative lengths of certain fingers, Snow determined that three-quarters of the handprints were female.

As a female artist, I find it very supportive to know that 65% at least of hands were done by women. Below is the artworks I did in tribute to Louise Bourgeois. Other type of hands in a generational artistic heritage.