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Return to Chauvet Cave: Excavating the Birthplace of Art - The First Full Report Hardcover – March, 2003
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About the Author
Jean Clottes is the leader of the Chauvet Cave research team and an internationally recognized specialist on cave paintings and Palaeolithic art. For many years he has worked for the National Heritage Office of the French Ministry of Culture, and now acts as a consultant for UNESCO and the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS). His many books include The Cave Beaneath the Sea: Paleolithic Images at Cosquer (with Jean Courtin) and The Shamans of Prehistory: Trance and Magic in the Painted Caves (with David Lewis-Williams).
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Top Customer Reviews
Now for the book. Since it's currently impossible to "look inside this book," let me share a few things about this splendid volume.
* It's 13 inches high by 11 inches wide, so it's an over-sized volume.
* 209 illustrations, 208 of which are in color
* the photos are extraordinary in clarity, lighting etc
* some of the photos span 2 pages, some take up 20-25% of a page, and there are 2 foldouts that show the breadth of a panel
* the paper is very high quality
* on average, the text takes up only part of a page. Some pages are strictly photos, sometimes a page has a column of text with photos. A few pages are entirely text. Bottom line, this is primarily a photo book, which is exactly what I was hoping it would be.
* the text is written for the general public. It's mostly descriptive, though there are some passages where interpretations are offered.
* most of the photos I've seen of the Chauvet paintings in other works are close-ups of the paintings. There are close-ups in this book too, but many of them show more of the physical backdrop for the paintings. It makes the paintings even more powerful to see them in their full "architectural" setting
* there are a few photos of the cave formations themselves, which is wonderful since the cave itself is a work of art.
The Table of Contents:
1. How to Study the Cave?
2. The Cave in its Setting
3. The Floors and Incursions into the Cave by Animals and People
4. Drawing in the Cave (covers 13 chambers in the cave)
5. The Techniques of Parietal Art
6. Lots of Animals and Signs (Horses etc)
7. Other Points of View
By the way, there is also a website for the Chauvet Cave where you can read reports by researchers etc.
This treasure will become a permanent fixture on my coffee table. My deepest thanks to the editor, Jean Clottes, and Thames and Hudson for doing such a masterful job.
I highly recommend this book.