Cave Art

A comprehensive, accessible guide to prehistoric art in Europe and beyond.

Jean Clottes


Price: USD$45.00

  • A unique guided tour of prehistoric caves in Europe and beyond by world-renowned expert Jean Clottes
  • An unparalleled selection of images featuring more than 300 works of art made between 35,000 and 11,000 years ago, presented in geographical and chronological order
  • Explores the origins of human creativity, including spectacular examples of the world’s oldest known art from key sites such as Lascaux in France and Altamira in Spain, as well as less well-known locations. Also includes open-air rock art made after the last ice age at sites around the world
  • Designed for a general audience – each work is illustrated by a colour photograph, and accompanied by an accessible explanatory text
  • Includes a chronology, map of the main caves, a glossary and a list of sites open to the public


About the book
This book offers a unique introduction to the earliest known expressions of human creativity. With an unparalleled selection of images, including spectacular works such as the horses of Lascaux and the bison of Altamira as well as key examples from less well-known sites, this comprehensive, accessible guide to prehistoric art explores the origins of human artistic endeavour. The discovery of prehistoric decorated caves in Europe transformed the way we think about the development of art, and the awe-inspiring paintings, dramatic engravings and small, delicate sculptures of animals and humans found in these caves still hold a unique power and fascination today.

In Cave Art, internationally renowned expert Jean Clottes takes the reader on a guided tour of 85 caves and rock shelters, mostly in western Europe, but also in Africa, Asia, the Americas and Australia, revealing the extraordinary beauty of the works of art found within them. Cave Art features around 250 works from the Palaeolithic period, made between 35,000 and 11,000 years ago, presented in geographical and chronological order. Each work is illustrated by a colour photograph and accompanied by a clear explanatory text. The book also includes a chronology, maps of the main sites, a glossary and a list of caves that can be visited.


About the author(s)
Jean Clottes (b. 1933) is one of the world's leading specialists in prehistoric art. A researcher and academic, Clottes is an expert for the International Committee on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS- UNESCO) and president of the International Federation of Rock Art Organizations (IFRAO). He is the author and co-author of numerous reference works about Palaeolithic art, including Chauvet Cave: The Art of Earliest Times (2001), World Rock Art (2002) and The Shamans of Prehistory (2007).


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