For those interested in the exciting, dramatic era of prehistory and the age of dinosaurs, check out our impressive collection of images from world renowned artist and illustrator Josef Moravec. Painted with meticulous detail and gorgeous colors, his renderings of the journey from the Precambrian era to the land and creatures of the Pleistocene Epoch will delight and amaze you.
|A unique collection of beautifully rendered and finely detailed oil paintings of our prehistoric world, from the Precambrian Era 4.6 billion years ago through the Pleistocene Epoch 20,000 years ago. These true-to-life images open a window on a world lost to history, surviving only in the rare fossils and painstaking re-creations found in Museums of Natural History, and in the work of dedicated artists like Josef Moravec.
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His detailed compositions showed prehistoric landscapes populated by fantastical animals that were simultaneously dramatic and, given the scientific knowledge at the time, painstakingly accurate. In spite of their attention to scientific detail, his paintings are lively, colorful and painterly, often with dramatic skies alive with roiling clouds.
Many of his dinosaur paintings have become iconic, well known even beyond the paleo-art community and he created images of many other periods of prehistoric life, including pictures of prehistoric mammals, extinct giant birds, ancient seas, early humans and human ancestors.
Moravec studied at the Academy of Graphic Arts in Prague, Czech Republic and began selling illustrations while still in his second year, though not successfully enough to support himself or to prevent dropping out of school.
Moravec's early interest in prehistoric life and paleontology, fueled in part by an admiration for Zdenek Burian paintings, bloomed when he partnered with paleontologist Josef Augusta to do prehistoric life reconstructions that provided art for numerous books, articles and museum exhibits.
Those who are mostly familiar with modern images of prehistoric animals, particularly dinosaurs, will find his images of upright Iguanodons, tail-dragging tyrannosaurs and and giant sauropods with languorously curved necks and ground-hugging tails oddly quaint, but they were rigorously correct according to the best paleontological reconstructions of the day (interpretations of the appearance of long-extinct animals based on fragmentary fossilized bones, track ways and bone fragments is a constantly shifting landscape, new evidence is literally being uncovered daily).
What doesn't get outdated, however, is Moravec's command of painting technique, his dramatic compositions, evocative landscapes and viscerally tactile suggestions of the textures of prehistoric life.
Enjoy Moravec's dinosaur images from prehistoric time periods. Precambrian, Cambrian, Trilobites, Permian, Devonian, Silurian, Ordovician, Paleozoic era, Triassic, Cretaceous, Jurassic, Oligocene, Niocene, Pleistocene. Dinosaurs and prehistoric animals Protolepidodendron, Barrandeinna, Pterygotus, Eurypterus, Duncleosteus, Euthacanthus, Archaeopteris, Ichthyostega, Lepidodendron, Meganeura, Branchiosaurus, Diplovertebron, Pleuracanthus, Edaphosaurus, Carboniferous, Seymouria, Chelyderpeton, Discosauriscus, Letoverpeton, Moschops, Dimetrodon, Varanosaurus, Scutosaurus, Sauroctonus, Mesosaurus, Proboscideans, Conifers, Mastodonsaurus, drawings, Triadobatrachus, Mixosaurus, Nothosaurus, Proganochelys, Placochelys, Placodus, Saltoposuchus, art, Listrosaurus, Henodus, Orthosuchus, Saurolophus, Pinacosaurus, Psittacosaurus, Syrmosaurus, Coelophysis, Metoposaur, Erythotherium, Megazostrodon, Stenopterygius, Eurhinosaurus, Pterodactylus, Pictures, Dimorphodon, Rhamphorhynchus, Metriorhynchus, Steneosaurus, Plesiosaurus, Allosaurus, Antrodemus, Barosaurus, Apatosaurus, Diplodocus, Mamenchisaurus, Proavis, Archaeopteryx, Compsognathus, Stegosaurus, Cryptocleidus, Brachiosaurus, Henkelotherium, Sapheosaurus, Triconodon, Iguanodon, Pteranodon, Tylosaurus, Elasmosaurus, Archelon, Corythosaurus, Protoceratops, Monoclonius, Saichania, Gallimimus, Bagaceratops, Chasmosaurus, Styracosaurus, Tyrannosaurus rex, T-rex, Gorgosaurus, Trachodon, Ornithomimus, Icthyornis, Hesperornis, Mosasaurus, Tarbosaurus, Neogene, Palaogene, Cenozoic, Tertiary era, Euskelosaurus, Malanorosaurus, Pachycephalosaurus, Microsiops, Pleisiadapis, Diatryma, Basilosaurus, Carcharodon, Megalodon, drawing, Andrewsarchus, Moeritherium, Uintatherium, Brontotherium, illustrations, Titanothere, Bothriodon, Cynodictys, Hyracotherium, Oxyaena, Arsinoitherium, Metaminodon, Indricotherium, Gomphotherium, Palaeobatrachus, Palaeomeryx, Dicrocerus, Tetralophodon, Platybelodon, Mesohipus, Merychipus, Teleoceras, Andrias, Thylacosmilus, Phororhacos, Proconsul africanus, Miocene, Mastodon, Pliocene, Anancus, Saber Tooth Cat, Machairodus, Holocene, Mammoth hunters, Neanderthals, Cave Bear, Arctodus simus, Cave lion, Woolly Rhinos, Australopithecus, Homo erectus, Quaternary, Palaeoloxodon, Loxodonta falconeri, Archidiskodon, Mammuthus imperator, Smilodon, Columbian Mammoth, Homotherium, Elasmotherium, Nothrotheirum, Homo erectus, Homo Heidelbergensis, Australopithecus africanus, Aepyornis, Dinornis, Emeus crasus, Euryapteryx, Primates, Homo habilis, Neanderthals, Cave man, Peking Man, Homo sapiens, Megaloceros, Coelodonta, Panthera, Cro-Magnon, Stone age, images of prehistoric mammals.