Synopses & Reviews
Presents a fresh look at the cave at Altamira in light of the many exciting discoveries made in the field of Paleolithic archaeology in recent years. Seven essays examine a number of theories about cave art and bring together what is known about the people who occupied and created the art at Altamira. Since the cave has been closed to visitors for many years, and visits to it in the future will be greatly restricted, distinguished photographer Saura's fascinating color and b&w images provide a unique chance to see the art in detail both in large views and at close range.
This volume offers a fresh look at one the finest surviving works of Palaeoithic art: the paintings in the cave of Altamira in Northern Spain. Charts, maps and descriptions guide the readers through the cave chamber by chamber, and theories on the paintings' significance are explained.
Table of Contents
Introduction /Antonio Beltran --Cave and its surroundings /Jose Antonio Lasheras Corruchaga --Cave of Altamira: its art, its artists, and its times /Federico Bernaldo de Quiros --Techniques, individual artists, and artistic concepts in the painting of Altamira /Matilde Muzqiz Perez-Seoane --Photographing Altamira /Pedro A. Saura Ramos --Conservation problems in the paintings of Altamira /Jose Antonio Lasheras Corruchaga --Conclusion: the future /Antonio Beltran.