Essay The Greatest Features Of Paleolithic Art

1410 Words Oct 27th, 2016 6 Pages
It can be stated that most of the greatest examples of Paleolithic art can be found in the cave systems located in France. In particular, the Chauvet and Lascaux Caves provide some of the oldest and most preserved cave paintings and engravings to date. The two caves have been discovered relatively recently, each happened upon by chance just over the past century. Both caves also have a diverse depiction of animals, as well as the techniques and materials used in order to portray them. After their discover, many dangers have arisen for the integrity of the artwork leading to the demand for documentation and replication of the cave artwork. One of the most unbelievable aspects regarding the French cave art is how recently they were discovered. Marsal Ravidat, who was just a teenager at the time, only discovered the opening to Lascaux Cave in the late summer of 1940. With the help of other local teens, Marsal entered the cave through a small shaft and walked into a narrowing passageway, which would later be dubbed the Axial Gallery (Curtis 28). Over the next few months, Henri Breuil, a French archeologist, worked to authenticate and document the artwork. This was carried out with the help of photographer Fernand Windels, and the sketch artist Maurice Thaon. Bone fragments and other debris were also collected and documented from the entrance of the cave. Breuil’s successor was André Glory, who was responsible for the identification of over 900 figures (Lascaux). The…

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