If you are interested in the art of hunters and gatherers, one of the most beautiful sites in the world is in Lascaux, France. From now on you can pay it a virtual visit. Just click:
It will be a short but a fantastic trip.
Today the original cave cannot be visited any more because the paintings are affected by funghi. In the surrounding area a replica of the original cave was constructed, Lascaux II. I visited it a few years ago. A virtual visit of Lascaux is ‘the next best thing’. Hunters and gatherers painted in Lascaux about 17,000 years ago.
When Pablo Picasso visited the cave in 1940, he was one of the first, he said “Nous n’avons rien inventé”, ‘We invented nothing’.
I have written about European art in the aurignacian in: Marc Vermeersch, De geschiedenis van de mens. Deel I, Jagers en verzamelaars. Boek 2, de maatschappij van jagers en verzamelaars, 472 pagina’s. ISBN 978 908 134 7716. p.185 – 197.
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The oldest European Venus figurine was found in the Hohle Fels cave (Germany) It is between 35,000 and 40,000 years old.
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The oldest Love Statuette in the World They keep on loving for ever in the British Museum.
A virtual visit to the Lascaux Cave is mind blowing!
7000 BP. The Thinker and the Sitting Woman. Two extraordinary statuettes from Romania.
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Other paintings from Lascaux.
The painters that visited the caves needed light. On the photo you can see a lamp that burned with grease.