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Cave Paintings of Lascaux

Cave Paintings of Lascaux

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  1. Cave Paintings of Lascaux • Located in southwestern France • Discovered by four teenage boys in 1940 • They kept it secret for a week before telling their teacher • Made around 20,000 BC • Best known example of Paleolithic Art (Late Stone Age) • 180,000 years after homo sapiens, 8,000 years before Egyptians • Before agriculture, no images of plants • Prior to a known language, an important building block towards communication • Paint was made of available minerals • Applied to cave walls with matted hair or blown on with hallowed out bones

  2. Cave contains over 2000 paintings and engravings of animals, human figures, and abstract signs • Most animals are horses or cattle • One bull painting is 17 feet long, the largest cave painting found to date • The painting shown depicts early attempts of creating perspective. • Various interpretations: • Ritual paintings, celebration or accounts of hunting trips, to improve future hunting trips

  3. The cave complex was opened to the public in 1948. • By 1955, the carbon dioxide produced by 1,200 visitors per day had visibly damaged the paintings. The cave was closed to the public in 1963 in order to preserve the art. • Tour the caves and see their current condition: http://www.lascaux.culture.fr/?lng=en#/fr/00.xml http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=jk8TAY5T8Mo