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The art of prehistoric man in Western Europe;

Author: André Leroi-Gourhan
Publisher: London, Thames & Hudson, 1968 [i.e. 1967]
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: André Leroi-Gourhan
OCLC Number: 457394
Notes: Col. illus. on endpaper.
Translation of Préhistoire de l'art occidental.
Description: 2-543 pages illustrations (some color), maps, tables 32 cm
Contents: Part One: Descriptions and theories --
1. The discovery of Prehistoric art --
Prehistric art, Paleolithic art --
Motives for the creation of art --
Methodology --
2. Known and unknown in Paleolithic chronology --
Genealogy of the artists --
Earliest developments --
Maturity --
3. Decorated weapons, tools, and ornaments --
Expendable weapons --
Implements of lasting utility --
Objects to be suspended --
Conclusions --
4. Objects of religious significance --
Statuettes --
Decorated slabs --
5. The meaning of cave art --
Method of dating --
The ideal Paleolithic sanctuary --
Human figures --
The signs --
Groupings of human figures and animals --
6. Paleolithic sanctuaries --
Exterior sanctuaries and underground sanctuaries --
The religion of Paleolithic man --
7. Toward a revised chronology --
The Classical chronology --
Chronology and distribution of art at Paleolithic sites --
Chronology of cave decoration --
Evidence based on the evolution of the signs --
Comparison with the classical chronology --
8. A survey of Paleolithic art --
Period I --
Period II --
Period III --
Period IV --
The passing of the art --
9. The animals of cave art: stylistic evolution --
Horse --
Bison --
Aurochs --
Mammoth --
Deer --
Ibex, reindeer, boar, bear, rhinoceros, feline, fish --
Part Two: Documentaiton --
10. Description of sites --
Style I --
Style II --
Style III --
Style IV --
Mediterranean Paleolithic art --
11. Documentary photographs --
Comments and explanations of the photographs --
Charts supporting the hypotheses.
Other Titles: Préhistoire de l'art occidental
Responsibility: translated from the French by Norbert Guterman.

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