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The cave painters : probing the mysteries of the world's first artists

Author: Gregory Curtis
Publisher: New York : Knopf, 2006.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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"The Cave Painters is a vivid introduction to the spectacular cave paintings of France and Spain--the individuals who rediscovered them, theories about their origins, their splendor and mystery. Gergory Curtis makes us see the astonishing sophistication and power of the paintings and tells us what is known about their creators, the Cro-Magnon people of some 40,000 years ago. He takes us through various
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Genre/Form: Nonfiction
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Curtis, Gregory, 1944-
Cave painters.
New York : Knopf, 2006
(OCoLC)608364000
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Gregory Curtis
ISBN: 1400043484 9781400043484
OCLC Number: 65197986
Description: 278 pages, [8] pages of plates : illustrations (some color), map ; 22 cm
Contents: The naked cave man --
The seductive axe; the well-clothed arrivals --
A skeptic admits his error; the passion of Miss Mary E. Boyle --
Noble Robot, an inquiring dog; the Abbe's sermons on the mount --
The great black cow; how to paint a horse --
A stormy drama among bison; the golden section --
A lively but unreliable creation; quaint, symbolic arrows --
The trident-shaped cave; pairing, not coupling --
Three brothers in a boat; the sorcerer --
A passage underwater; the skull on a rock --
Strange, stylized women; the world below the world.
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"The Cave Painters is a vivid introduction to the spectacular cave paintings of France and Spain--the individuals who rediscovered them, theories about their origins, their splendor and mystery. Gergory Curtis makes us see the astonishing sophistication and power of the paintings and tells us what is known about their creators, the Cro-Magnon people of some 40,000 years ago. He takes us through various theories--that the art was part of fertility or hunting rituals, or used for religious purposes, or was clan mythology--examining the ways interpretations have changed over time. Rich in detail, personalities, and history, The Cave Painters is above all permeated with awe for those distant humans who developed--perhaps for the first time--both the ability for abstract thought and a profound and beautiful way to express it."--Publisher's website.

Looks at the cave paintings of Spain and France, examining the origins of these artworks and their creators, Cro-Magnon people who settled there centuries ago, and discusses the theories concerning the meaning of the paintings.

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