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Today’s Calliope’s Writing Tablet post is brought to you by the letter L — L for Lascaux.
Art stems from man’s capacity to interpret and give meaning to his surroundings. The earliest evidence of this can be found in caves in France and Spain. It was in the 1940’s when 17 -year-old Marcel Ravidat and three of his companions stumbled upon one of the greatest paleolithic finds in the world — The cave of Lascaux.
Well-respected archaeologist Abbé Henri Breuil was one of the first to study the site. Along with bone fragments, oil lamps, and other artifacts, he found nearly 2000 artworks — paintings done with mineral pigments and engraved images of horses, bison, aurochs, mammoths, ibex, deer, bears, lions, and wolves. It is believed such images served spiritual needs or ceremonial purpose. Research puts most of the artwork done in Lascaux cave at around 15,000 ago. The oldest such paleolithic cave paintings are found at Chauvet cave in France. Discovered in 1994, these works were painted at least 32,000 years ago.
For the next few decades following WWII, the Lascaux cave was modified and opened to the public. It closed in 1963 after it was determined the carbon dioxide of thousands of breaths had created an environment of mold, bacteria, and fungi that were eating away at the precious artworks.
The artworks of Lascaux so tickled my fancy, that many years ago I recreated a cave scene on the walls of a small room in my home. Just another layer of creatively from a fanciful mind.
Take the virtual tour.
Then stop at Chauvet cave.
For $2.99 watch The Cave of Forgotten Dreams on youtube
It’ll blow your mind.
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