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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.

About the Author

Gregory Curtis is the author of Disarmed: The Story of the Venus de Milo. He was the editor of Texas Monthly from 1981 until 2000. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, The New York Times Magazine, Fortune, Time, and RollingStone, among other publications. A graduate of Rice University and San Francisco State College, he lives with his wife in Austin, Texas.

Table of Contents

Introduction

The Naked Cave Man

Chapter 1

The Seductive Axe; The Well-Clothed Arrivals

Chapter 2

A Skeptic Admits His Error; The Passion of Miss Mary E. Boyle

Chapter 3

Noble Robot, an Inquiring Dog; The Abbés Sermons on the Mount

Chapter 4

The Great Black Cow; How to Paint a Horse

Chapter 5

A Stormy Drama Among Bison; The Golden Section

Chapter 6

A Lively but Unreliable Creation; Quaint, Symbolic Arrows

Chapter 7

The Trident-Shaped Cave; Pairing, Not Coupling

Chapter 8

Three Brothers in a Boat; The Sorcerer

Chapter 9

A Passage Underwater; The Skull on a Rock

Chapter 10

Strange, Stylized Women; The World Below the World

Acknowledgments

Notes

Bibliography

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9781400078875
Author:
Curtis, Gregory
Publisher:
Anchor Books
Subject:
European
Subject:
History - Prehistoric & Primitive
Subject:
France
Subject:
Spain
Subject:
Cave paintings -- France.
Subject:
Cave paintings -- Spain.
Subject:
General
Subject:
Art - General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20071031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
8 PP. COLOR/19 ILLUS.
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
8.02x5.28x.61 in. .63 lbs.

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