The Cave Painters
Probing the Mysteries of the World's First Artists
By Gregory Curtis
(Anchor Books, Paperback, 9781400078875, 278pp.)
Publication Date: October 9, 2007
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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.