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    Description"The Cave Painters "is a vivid introduction to the spectacular cave paintings of France and Spain--the individuals who rediscovered them, theories about their origins, their splendor and mystery. Gergory Curtis makes us see the astonishing sophistication and power of the paintings and tells us what is known about their creators, the Cro-Magnon people of some 40,000 years ago. He takes us through various theories--that the art was part of fertility or hunting rituals, or used for religious purposes, or was clan mythology--examining the ways interpretations have changed over time. Rich in detail, personalities, and history, "The Cave Painters "is above all permeated with awe for those distant humans who developed--perhaps for the first time--both the ability for abstract thought and a profound and beautiful way to express it.

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    The Cave Painters
    Probing the Mysteries of the World's First Artists
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Gregory Curtis
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 278
    Width: 130 mm
    Height: 201 mm
    Thickness: 18 mm
    Weight: 295 g
    ISBN 13: 9781400078875
    ISBN 10: 1400078873

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T1.1
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T General Subject: 140
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1D
    BIC E4L: ART
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 05
    Ingram Subject Code: AT
    BISAC V2.8: ART015000
    Libri: I-AT
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: ET050
    Ingram Theme: CULT/FRANCE
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25800
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: ET210
    BISAC V2.8: ART015030, ART015050
    BIC subject category V2: ACC
    B&T Approval Code: A02301500
    DC21: 759.0120944
    DC22: 759.01/20944
    LC classification: N5310.5.F7 C87 2007
    LC subject heading: , ,
    DC22: 759.0120944
    LC subject heading: ,
    Edition statement
    Illustrations note
    8 PP. COLOR/19 ILLUS.
    Random House USA Inc
    Imprint name
    Random House Inc
    Publication date
    09 October 2007
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    Gregory Curtis is the author of "Disarmed: The Story of the Venus de Milo." He was the editor of "Texas Monthly "from 1981 until 2000. His writing has appeared in "The New York Times, The New York Times Magazine, Fortune, Time," and "RollingStone," among other publications. A graduate of Rice University and San Francisco State College, he lives with his wife in Austin, Texas.
    Review quote
    "Fascinating. . . . We will be arguing about these glorious creations for many years to come." --"The Washington Post Book World""The beauty of the cave art moves Curtis deeply, and his writing preserves that passionate response." --"Seattle Times""Curtis is a good storyteller, and he has good stories to tell about eccentrics of all sorts." --"The Christian Science Monitor""A fascinating survey of the rival theories. . . . [Readers will be] swept up in the beauty of the cave paintings and the persuasive pull of his prose." --"Richmond Times-Dispatch"
    Table of contents
    Introduction The Naked Cave Man Chapter 1 The Seductive Axe; The Well-Clothed Arrivals Chapter 2 A Skeptic Admits His Error; The Passion of Miss Mary E. Boyle Chapter 3 Noble Robot, an Inquiring Dog; The Abbé’s Sermons on the Mount Chapter 4 The Great Black Cow; How to Paint a Horse Chapter 5 A Stormy Drama Among Bison; The Golden Section Chapter 6 A Lively but Unreliable Creation; Quaint, Symbolic Arrows Chapter 7 The Trident-Shaped Cave; Pairing, Not Coupling Chapter 8 Three Brothers in a Boat; The Sorcerer Chapter 9 A Passage Underwater; The Skull on a Rock Chapter 10 Strange, Stylized Women; The World Below the World Acknowledgments Notes Bibliography Index