It's been discovered recently that oil painting was not invented in Europe, as previously thought. The division between Asia and Europe is largely an arbitrary one, and perhaps it doesn't matter where things originate; however, Eurocentrism is still alive and well, and blinding a lot of people to the cultural importance of 'Asia'.
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The comment with the idea about the European Renaissance being a knock-on effect from developments in Asia, is worth investigating.
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