Cave Art


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


Jean Clottes


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Price: USD$45.00

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.

SPECIFICATIONS:

Format: Paperback
Size: 290 x 250 mm (11 3/8 x 9 7/8 in)
Pages: 340 pp
Illustrations: 275 illustrations
ISBN: 9780714857237

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).

"Art, as this book makes beautifully clear, is a fundamental part of the human condition... [An] accessible and well-organised book... This book [...] should please anybody interested in either art or prehistory... And, in our fast-paced 21st-century world where art is so often equated with ephemeral values, it's salutary to be reminded of painting’s enduring place in a society that lasted five times longer than the whole of recorded history."—Art World

"This sumptuous book improves on the reality: there are almost 250 photographs here, showing some of the finest examples of this mysterious underground art... If you want to really pore over this magnificent prehistoric artistic tradition, this is the book for you."—BBC History Magazine

"Art, as this book makes beautifully clear, is a fundamental part of the human condition... [An] accessible and well-organised book... This book [...] should please anybody interested in either art or prehistory... And, in our fast-paced 21st-century world where art is so often equated with ephemeral values, it's salutary to be reminded of painting’s enduring place in a society that lasted five times longer than the whole of recorded history."—Art World

"This sumptuous book improves on the reality: there are almost 250 photographs here, showing some of the finest examples of this mysterious underground art... If you want to really pore over this magnificent prehistoric artistic tradition, this is the book for you."—BBC History Magazine

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