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Not art in the modern sense of aesthetic objects, rock art--that is, any drawing made on a stone surface by painting, engraving, or sculpting--is nevertheless the oldest expression of the artistic impulse. Found all over the world, it spans a time period from approximately 50,000 years ago up into the second half of the twentieth century. Clottes is a leading authority on rock art, and this accessible and beautifully produced volume covers sites in Africa, Australia, the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, China, and Oceania, including such well-known jewels as the Hall of Bulls in Lascaux, France, and many less-familiar wonders. Clottes' topics range from the relationship of rock art to its location to the techniques used in its creation, the choice of sites, rock art images, and the challenges and methodology of rock art preservation. Clottes' commentary is clear, concise, and compelling, and the photographs are glorious, making this an excellent introduction to the fascinating world of rock art. Lauren Roberts
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Text: English (translation)
Original Language: French
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Product Details

  • Series: Conservation & Cultural Heritage
  • Paperback: 140 pages
  • Publisher: Getty Conservation Institute; 1 edition (December 19, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0892366826
  • ISBN-13: 978-0892366828
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 0.4 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,482,726 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Vibrantly illustrated throughout with a series of full-color photographs, World Rock Art by Jean Clottes (a world authority on aboriginal and neolithic rock art) is a global tour of ancient and prehistoric rock artworks from around the world. The informed and informative text accessibly relates what modern archaeology has been ably to deduce about these various works and the peoples who created them, and warns against the destruction and deterioration of these works - some are threatened by natural forces, others by over-eager tourists and visitors. The latest title in the outstanding Getty Institute "Conservation and Cultural Heritage" series, World Rock Art is a combination of art history and archaeology, as well as a superbly presented showcase of a truly ancient art form.
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The author surveys global rock art across 30 millenia. The book is valuable for this diversity of time and culture, and it is profusely illustrated. I think that Clottes misses a point in his zeal to attribute the art to the broad instincts of the common people of each era (unless, indeed, it is all the graffiti of its time!) More likely, I suggest, the art is the product of the influence of contemporary "priests" who (like those of today) sense the opportunity to gain power by organizing popular thought, concentrating it in themselves. Recognition of this process would help to explain how carefully rock art was regulated by its creators.
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Ditto other positive comments: well done.
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