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PIETRO GAIETTO OBITUARY
Pietro Gaietto (Genoa, September 21, 1937 - Genoa, February 13, 2019) was an Italian paleoanthropologist, prehistoric archaeologist, artist and essayist. He left fundamental works on the stone art of the Paleolithic, some of which are included in the series he founded and directed "Shapes in Evolution" at Lulu.com, as well as other essays, always in an evolutionary key.
In 2017 his last work of Prehistory is published: "HOMORIGINE", in which 200 years of research on prehistoric man are reviewed, retracing with a large set of illustrations a journey of 2,000,000 years, from Homo habilis to modern man. The comparison between skeletal finds of skulls and lithic sculptures of the Paleolithic constitutes an original key of reading of how the events of the different human civilizations succeeded, and time by time side by side and intertwined. The work represents an important help to integrate some missing links, in terms of skeletal finds, between a human species and the other. From the Paleolithic anthropomorphic sculpture he has also deduced considerations about physical evolution of man and on behavioral aspects similar to those of today man, making possible the formulation of significant reflections about human intelligence.
UPDATES TO THE MUSEUM ON:
PALEOLITHIC ART MAGAZINE
DEFINITION OF THE STUDIES OF THE LOWER AND MIDDLE PALEOLITHIC ART by Pietro Gaietto (2009, January).
PHYLOGENESIS OF BEAUTY di P.Gaietto (2009, July). See Index of the book.
GENERAL CLASSIFICATION OF PALEOLITHIC ART, by P. Gaietto (July 2013).
INTRODUCING THE ENGLISH TRANSLATION OF
OF BEAUTY - A UNIFIED THEORY OF EVOLUTION (2002)
FOR FURTHER DETAILS, WE REMIND A FIRST FUNDAMENTAL REFERENCE TEXT BY P. GAIETTO:
PRE-SCULPTURE AND PREHISTORIC SCULPTURE. The book, with 164 images (photographs and drawings) is in Italian, but all the captions are translated into English. Some copies are still available from Licia Filingeri, editor of the works of Pietro Gaietto.
On the same subject, after years of research and deepening:
ANTHROPOMORPHIC PALEOLITHIC SCULPTURE – FROM HOMO HABILIS TO HOMO ERECTUS AND FROM NEANDERTHAL MAN TO MODERN MAN
The work has grouped together the most expressive Paleolithic anthropomorphic sculpture found in archaeological sites of Europe, Asia, Africa and America, as well as the new acquisitions of the Gaietto collection.
The book and its evolutionist scientific approach has a didactic character for interpreting of the human species depicted. Every aspect of each sculpture is subdivided into its components.
It constitutes also a textbook for prehistoric archaeologists who want to research Paleolithic sculpture found in surface soils.
SOME OTHER NEW BOOKS BY PIETRO GAIETTO:
Catalog of the Gaietto Collection of Paleolithic European sculpture
Collection of 222 Paleolithic anthropomorphic and zoomorphic sculptures from different regions of Europe, classified into 12 types and attributed to a period of about two million years.
The idea of this catalog was born as a result of an auspicious placement of the sculptures in the museums of prehistoric archeology of the regions of Italy in which they were found.
The division of the sculptures into 12 typologies progressively produced over two million years is helpful to the scholar, as it allows to visually interpret the evolution of the depicted human species, the composition of the sculptures, the types of stone work, the purpose of sculptures (religious subjects) and also to appreciate the evolution of the types of stylistic deformation (artistic fashion).
Sacred animals in Paleolithic sculpture. Their evolution in proto-historic and historic religions
The Author explores the most important sacred animals in the European Paleolithic sculpture, with particular emphasis on the subdivision into five types. He also analyzes the evolution of these religious sculptures in the main proto-historic and historic civilizations. The work is enriched by numerous illustrations and explanatory drawings covering Paleolithic, proto-historic and historic eras.
An iconography of western religions from the Paleolithic to modern times
Offering a great wealth of photographic material, “An Iconography of Western Religions" reconstructs the origins and iconographic evolution of Western religious images. The origins and evolution of Paleolithic art, Author affirms, is the foundation from which Western religious images have evolved. Gaietto's careful reconstruction allows to appreciate over time the constant stylistic evolution, that is, the deformation of images which from time to time has produced a new type of beauty. The thrust of the book concerns three-dimensional art and the evolution of Western religions.
Origin of Man-Science and Prehistoric art
Gaietto reviews 200 years of research on prehistoric man, tracing the two-million year journey from Homo habilis to Modern man. Comparing skeletal remains and skulls with Paleolithic stone sculptures helps explain how different human civilizations came about and prevailed, in parallel or in association. The book uses skeletal finds to explain how one human species overlapped with another. In addition, little-known anthropomorphic sculpture from the Paleolithic is introduced to illustrate the physical evolution of man and aspects of prehistoric behavior similar to modern man, with a careful consideration of how human intelligence evolved.
BICEPHALIC PALEOLITHIC SCULPTURES OF HUMAN HEADS JOINED AT THE NECK TO ANIMAL HEADS
Fig.9,7, with explanation by the Author
about spiritual and material culture.
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Page translated from Italian into English by Paris Alexander Walker.
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