07 April, 2007

Altamira and Lascaux Cave Paintings

This was a great topic of study for me. After learning about these cave paintings found in Lascaux, France, and Altamira, Spain, I now want to make it a goal during my lifetime to visit these works of art. As a painter, I'm inspired by their ingenuity and honesty. These artists had no materials, but made the best with what they had. They learned how to create their own pigments, binders and containers to hold the paint. More amazingly, are that many of these were created in a dark cave where there was little or no light and some were painted 14 feet from the cave's floor. Makes you wonder?

Many of these showed enough detail that scientists could identify the type of animal species present during that time. They payed close attention to anatomy and gesture. These images are testament for we as humans wanting to create, learn, discover and share.

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  1. Amazing article. The complex painted caves of Lascaux are located in the Dordogne region. The awe-inspiring paintings are also described as ‘the antediluvian Sistine Chapel’.1200 visitors daily visit the cave. The initial climatic situation had been re-build and maintained with the assistance of a fully-automated system. The original caves were made in 1980 called as Lascaux II. The Great Hall of the Bulls with its vast-spanning murals comprises of animals like horses, stags and bulls. you can find beautiful art form based on the conventional ancient animal premise inclusive of bison, stag, ibexes. For more details refer Caves Of Lascaux

  2. Ricky - Thanks for your post and for sharing your fantastic insight. Are you a professor? Regarding the 1200 visitors a day, I learned that this was actually detrimental to the actual paintings, because of the carbon dioxide we bring into the viewing area? Amazing that these paintings have survived for so long. Hopefully technology can preserve them for many more centuries to come. Thanks again for your post.