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  1. Images of the Ice Age
    Images of the Ice Age
    Images of the Ice Age
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  2. Images of the Ice Age

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Images of the Ice Age, here in its third edition, is the most complete study available of the world's earliest imagery, presenting a fascinating and up-to-date account of the art of our Ice Age ancestors. Authoritative and wide-ranging, it covers not only the magnificent cave art of famous sites such as Lascaux, Altamira, and Chauvet, but also other less well-known sites around the world, art discovered in the open air, and the thousands of incredible pieces of portable art in bone, antler, ivory, and stone produced in the same period. In doing so, the book summarizes all the major worldwide research into Ice Age art both past and present, exploring the controversial history of the art's discovery and acceptance, including the methods used for recording and dating, the faking of decorated objects and caves, and the wide range of theories that have been applied to this artistic corpus. Lavishly illustrated and highly accessible, Images of the Ice Age provides a visual feast and an absorbing synthesis of this crucial aspect of human history, offering a unique opportunity to appreciate universally important works of art, many of which can never be accessible to the public, and which represent the very earliest evidence of artistic expression.

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Paul G. Bahn
Oxford University Press
Oxford University Press
350 colour illustrations
350 colour illustrations
Oxford University Press
Oxford University Press
Most Helpful Customer Reviews

Outstanding book with the latest discoveries in ice age art, theories, and analysis. Beautiful photos of the art, along with interesting discussions of the oldest art in the world, dating methods, the art itself, and reading the messages.
This is a great reference book, well researched, clearly written, informative, and beautiful.
It's been a while since I've read the text of this book, or looked at any of the pictures, so what I'll do is describe what lingers after so many months. To wit: there's something special about being a human being, that you and I share with people whose lifeways were pretty much unimaginably different from ours. The people who made the art shown here did not know from dentists and pencils or milk jugs. I doubt if they had a concept for "o'clock." No metal, no wheels or pulleys, no insecticide. They lived twenty years, or forty max. This was art made tens and tens of thousands of years ago, by people so different from me, and yet I experience the beauty in them still. I find that thrilling.
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