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Dawn of Art: The Chauvet Cave (The Oldest Known Paintings in the World) Hardcover – March 30, 1996
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The Chauvet Cave paintings were executed sometime during the Aurignacian Period. Radiocarbon dating indicates the wall art is probably about 30,000 years old, making it twice as old as Lascaux. CHAUVET CAVE (the book) includes over 100 pages of stunning photographs of this fabulous art. Literally hundreds of Aurochs, Bison, Mastodons, Horses, Lions, Bears and other animals have been depicted.
The Chauvet Cave paintings are extremely well executed, leading many archeologists and art historians to completely reformulate extant theories concerning the evolution of human art. It would seem our forebears were not clumsy louts who drew stick-like versions of organic life. The wall art at Chauvet shows perspective, modeling, color, line, form, and other visual aspects associated with post-Renaissance representational and abstract art. In my estimation, the Chauvet wall paintings -executed in charcoal, ochers, and other material - are comparable to the chalk drawings of Leonardo da Vinci and Picasso.Read more ›
This book, as close as I'm likely to get, is a treasure. It inspires me.
When the cave was discovered in France in 1994, specialists were astonished by its location and the beauty of its art. Who would have guessed that people that long ago could be so sophisticated in their drawing. They used contours of the cave to dramatize the shapes of animals. The unknown master artist used perspective to show great herds of animals running and used shading on their bodies. There were a few hand prints outlined in red and the imprints of a pair of hands in the clay on the floor of the cave.
Even more astonishing were the huge footprints of cave bears and mixed in their tracks were paint pigments used on the walls. Imagine painting a masterpiece and having huge bears tracking through the paint. How distracting. In some places, the bears had incised the paintings on the cave walls with thier huge claws.
Cave bears are now extinct. They were larger than even the largest bears we know of today. Chauvet Cave was littered with many bear skulls and bones. If the bears had died while hibernating, that might explain part of it. But one bear skull had been deliberately set on a huge stone that had fallen from the ceiling as if an altar.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is an amazing book of photos and the story of the discovery of Chauvet Cave. The 30,000 year-old art draws me back again and again. Read morePublished 11 months ago by R. Steven Call
Beautiful book, interesting text. Very good condition for second hand.Published 12 months ago by Daniel C. Bryant
While a few of the notes are now out-of-date based on subsequent research, this is still the best single book on the Chauvet Cave paintings, done by those who discovered them, did... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Jack L. Sammons
Written by the experts who made the discovery, and conveying their sense of awe and danger with each step forward into the cave, the book guides you to art preserved for 30,000... Read morePublished on July 25, 2007 by Jane Yett