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The discovery of pre-historic decorated caves in western Europe transformed the way people think about the development of art. The earliest known evidence of human artistic endeavor, the paintings, dramatic engravings and small, delicate sculptures of animals and humans found in these caves still hold a power and fascination, more than a century after they were first discovered. In this book, Jean Clottes explores the origins of art and creativity. He takes the reader on a guided tour of 85 caves and rock shelters, many of which are not open to the public, revealing the beauty of the works of art within them. ‘Cave Art’ features more than 300 works from the Paleolithic period, made between 35,000 and 11,000 years ago, presented in geographical and chronological order.This introduction to prehistoric art includes such works as the horses of Lascaux, the buffalo in the Altamira cave in Spain and the ivory carving of a woman’s face found at Brassempouy in the south of France, as well as examples from less well-known sites. A range of animals is presented, from cave bears to reindeer, as well as mysterious abstract signs and schematic representations of human beings. Examples of portable art and sculpture are also included.