Prehistoric Art:

Caves at Lascaux

Dated between 28,000 and 10,000 BCE, the beautiful paintings on cave walls found near Lascaux, France represent the earliest surviving examples of the artistic expression of early people. Using the natural rock contours that suggest the volume of the animals, these 'primitive' people of the Paleolithic (Old Stone Age) painted evocative and startlingly accurate representations of the animals that were such an important part of their lives. Cows, bulls, horses, bison, and deer are among the animals seen on the subterranean walls of these caves. These paintings were found deep underground, and were undoubtedly painted by the light of torches. Moreover, images are painted over previous images, and it is thought that these caves were continuously used for thousands of years. Caves symbolized the birth canal, with life emanating from within. These animals were of utmost importance to the survival of the people of this time, and their continued creation was essential. Through sympathetic magic, perhaps these early humans believed that by drawing these images, they would help to guarantee plentiful herds and good hunting. Another theory is that it was believed that man had to paint these images to 'replace' the animals that he would hunt and kill. Whatever the motivation, it is clear that the painting of these images was important, and the careful observation of nature that is evident here is remarkable. These early artists painted with charcoal from their fires, and used earth pigments of iron and manganese to create the permanent colors we still see today. These, of course, are the very same pigments used in ceramics, and the discovery of these minerals during the Paleolithic was an essential stepping stone for the development of polychrome slip painting during the Neolithic to follow.

In the comment stream below, answer the following questions regarding the caves at Lascaux:

1. How was the cave discovered? Who discovered it?

2. About how many animals (total) are depicted on the cave walls at Lascaux?

3. What country are the Lascaux caves in?

4. How old are the caves at Lascaux?

5. In three sentences, describe the Hall of the Bulls at the Lascaux cave.

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2 years ago
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1. In 1940 by 4 kids and their pet dog
2. 600
3. France
4. 28,000-10,000 BCE
5. The history of the cave shows us how they were also within 15 years the art deteriorate even more than before .

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1. It was found by 4 kids and their dog in 1940.
2. 600 TOTAL animals.
3. Its located in France.
4. 28,000 BCE - 10,000 BCE
5. It's absolutely gorgeous. A true piece of history for any art historian. Something worth seeing sometime in my life.

2 years ago
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1.- It was accidentally found by four kids and there dog.
2.- About 600 animals in the cave.
3.- The Lascaux is in France.
4.- Lascaux are a couple decades old.
5.- The hall of the bulls is an old art that has been around for thousand of years. They were created by cave men. They
are in France the real cave has been sealed from the public and made a replica of the real Lascaux.

2 years ago
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1. 4 kids accidentally found it with their dog.
2. 600
3. France
4. 28,000 - 10,000 BCE
5. The people who drew the paintings were the first kind of humans. The paintings showed how they lived. They communicated that way.

2 years ago
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1. the four kids and the dog. 2. 600 animals. 3. France. 4 Between 28,000 and 10,000 BCE. 5. They were meaningful and beautiful. the expressed stories and religion. they are remarkable art that shall always stay important.

2 years ago
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4 kids and a dog . 600 animals.France. these paintings are some of the oldest in the world this showed how people communicated and how they lived

2 years ago
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1. 4 kids and there dog
2. About 600
3.The Lascaux caves are in France
4.28,000-10,000 BCE
5. Is a piece of art that is amazing. It has been around for thousands of years. The cavemen painted this piece of art that inspired them

2 years ago
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1.4 kids and their dog
2.600 animals
3.France
4.28,000-10,000 BCE
5. The paintings been around for years. The people who paints there painting in the cave communicated with these paintings. They also show how they would lived.

2 years ago
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are you there ms.mcmahan?

2 years ago
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1. Found by 4 kids and there dog 2. 600 Animals 3. France 4. 28,000- 10,000 BCE 5. It was made by cave men.