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The Cave Painters: Probing the Mysteries of the World's First Artistsby 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.
Looks at the cave paintings of Spain and France, examining the origins of these artworks and their creators, Cro-Magnon people who settled there centuries ago, and discusses the theories concerning the meaning of the paintings.
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
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 Abbé’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
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