The Cave Painters by Gregory Curtis
Probing the Mysteries of the World's First Artists

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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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About Gregory Curtis

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Gregory Curtis was 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 Rolling Stone, among other places. A graduate of Rice University and San Francisco State College, he currently lives in Austin with his wife and four children.From the Trade Paperback edition.
Published December 10, 2008 by Anchor. 288 pages
Genres: History, Arts & Photography. Non-fiction

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For centuries, people have been going into caves in France and Spain, looking at the 30,000-year-old pictures painted there and asking, "What can they be?"

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Deseret News

Remember college art history class and the color slides your professor showed of prehistoric cave paintings found in Spain and France?

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Coffee Time Romance

Mr. Curtis took one visit to Font-de-Gaume and saw the paintings on the walls that were done by painters of long ago and he was hooked on finding out why they were done and what purpose they served.

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