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The cave of Lascaux : the final photographs

Author: Mario Ruspoli
Publisher: New York : Abrams, 1987.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The cave of Lascaux -- the "Sistine Ceiling of the Cave Man"--Is a spectacular window into the shadowy, powerful animal world of the Old Stone Age, some 17,000 years ago. The chance discovery of two boys in France in 1940, the cave was soon overwhelmed by tourists and in the early 1960s showed inescapable evidence that its radiant frescoes of bison, aurochs, horses, and deer were dimming with molds and fungi  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Nonfiction
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Ruspoli, Mario, -1986.
Cave of Lascaux.
New York : Abrams, 1987
(OCoLC)575002715
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Mario Ruspoli
ISBN: 0810912678 9780810912670
OCLC Number: 14189288
Description: 208 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 31 cm
Contents: The Magdalenian civilization --
Methods of dating --
Prehistoric lighting --
The fauna --
Hunting and weapons, fishing and gathering --
Religion and the sanctuaries --
The sanctuary of Lascaux --
The signs and prehistoric language --
The eye of the hunter and the genius of the art --
A cinematic approach to Lascaux --
The discovery of Lascaux --
The replica of Lascaux --
The pigments and the art of painting --
Chronology and the analysis of styles --
A chronology of the Palaeolithic --
Plans: positions of the figures in Lascaux --
Archaeological plans of Lascaux --
Map of the Franco-Cantabrian sanctuaries.
Other Titles: Lascaux.
Responsibility: Mario Ruspoli ; preface by Yves Coppens.

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The cave of Lascaux -- the "Sistine Ceiling of the Cave Man"--Is a spectacular window into the shadowy, powerful animal world of the Old Stone Age, some 17,000 years ago. The chance discovery of two boys in France in 1940, the cave was soon overwhelmed by tourists and in the early 1960s showed inescapable evidence that its radiant frescoes of bison, aurochs, horses, and deer were dimming with molds and fungi generated by bright lights and the warmth and breath of countless visitors. Lascaux was sealed in 1963 by the French government, which later commissioned the distinguished prehistorian and television producer Marlo Ruspoli to create a record of its now permanently inaccessible wonders. In the early 1980s, hemmed in by infinite precautions, Ruspoli carefully filmed and photographed Lascaux. Here, complete with discussions of the content and meaning of the frescoes by Ruspoli and other experts in prehistoric art, is the thrilling result: the last view of the Stone Age life and world of Lascaux.

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