October 18, 2011
I saw the movie "Cave of Forgotten Dreams", about cave paintings in Chauvet, France. They predate the famous ones in Lascaux. (And I'm happy to say that the scientists are taking better care of these.)
I always thought of cave paintings as stick figures, but these folks could really paint! If you get a chance, go see the movie.
Since the paintings are so similar to the later ones at Lascaux, I wondered if they had ancient art teachers who rapped the knuckles of students and said, "We've been painting this way for thousands of years. No need to get all modern on us! Stick with the old techniques."