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Black was one of the most important colors used by ancient Greek artists.
It was worn by Benedictine monks as a sign of humility and penitence.Old High German also had two words for black: swartz for dull black and blach for a luminous black.These are parallelled in Middle English by the terms swart for dull black and blaek for luminous black. The Lascaux Cave in France contains drawings of bulls and other animals drawn by paleolithic artists between 18,000 and 17,000 years ago.In the Roman Empire, it became the color of mourning, and over the centuries it was frequently associated with death, evil, witches and magic.According to surveys in Europe and North America, it is the color most commonly associated with mourning, the end, secrets, magic, force, violence, evil, and elegance.
Black was also the Roman color of death and mourning.