Introduction and Objective
Cave art has quite an important history, but it became all the more important when the art was uncovered in 1940 in the Lascaux Caves of France. http://mrg.bz/o4HWDn
So, what was so special about this cave art?
Well, like lots of cave art, most scenes portray large wild animals, such as bison, horses, or deer, with horses being the most common. Often, tracings of human hands and abstract patterns were also seen. Drawings of humans were rare and usually more schematic than the more detailed and naturalistic images of animal subjects.
Seems pretty ordinary, right?
Think again! In many examples of cave painting, the images were actually incised or engraved into the rock wall of the cave, taking them out of the strict definition of cave “painting.” http://mrg.bz/VfC9z9
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The cave is a series of spaces, which display vast amounts of imagery painted by Paleolithic humans. The area in southwestern France where the Cave of Lascaux is located and the slopes of the Pyrenees Mountains are known for its many Paleolithic caves. These rock shelters and natural limestone caverns provide an ideal environment for preserving the prehistoric art.
It’s important to consider some questions when looking at the cave art at Lascaux. Some questions include: What were the cave artists trying to say? Why do you think that there were so many animals and not as many people in the paintings? What can the paintings tell us about other aspects of the life of cave dwellers or Paleolithic people? How did they make these pictures if there were no stores to buy paint and brushes or tools for carving? What colors are prominent in the paintings, and what natural sources might provide these pigments if they didn’t have crayons or markers?