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The Creative Ice Age Brain: Cave Art in the Light of Neuroscience Hardcover – February 1, 2009
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This book is useful to layman and scholar alike. It contains extensive images, based on Alpert's research and site investigation of rock and cave art throughout the world. Her life long experience of making and teaching art give her insight to the natural talent of the ice age artist. Her conclusion--there is little difference between their inspired expression and the historical record of art throughout history, except perhaps better tools and 20,000 years. The aesthetic response is universal, persistent, and civilizingly human. Our brains are designed so that we cannot resist recording what we see and making art of it--the defining activity of our self awareness.
Alpert blends archeology, science, and the terminology of artistic technique into clear concise language. She takes the reader through a virtual world of cave and rock art, comparing it to artists known throughout the ages. She sheds light on the dark mystery of the cave, sustaining the reader's interest as her story unwinds, and she leaves us with a profound understanding of the human condition.
I heartily recommend The Creative Ice Age Brain.