Cave Painters Probing the Mysteries of the World's First Artists

ISBN-10: 1400078873

ISBN-13: 9781400078875

Edition: N/A

Authors: Gregory Curtis

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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.
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Book details

List price: $16.95
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/9/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

Introduction 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 Abb�’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
Acknowledgments
Notes
Bibliography
Index
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