Topic: ArtPaintings

Last updated: January 7, 2020

The Chauvet Cave is located in France and was discovered on December 18th, 1994. The cave contains a percentage of well-preserved paintings, in addition, other proof of Paleolithic life. The number of portraits and engravings in the cave is around 300 and more. A group of researchers that consists of art historians, archeologists, scientists, and geologists were the ones legalized to enter the cave to explore what stories it holds. Therefore, laser scanners were used to demonstrate how the cave looks like from the inside to make it easier for the scientists to plan beforehand where and what they want to explore since the cave is around 400 meters. However, there are some paintings that researches figured out and some discoveries that are still under study. (Cave of Forgotten Dreams, 2012).
As the researchers entered the cave, there was no trace of paintings due to the sunlight rays, therefore, all the drawings are found at the end of the cave because it is dark, and the drawings will not be affected. In order for researchers to analyze the drawings in the cave, they are required to take professional pictures and trace them to know which drawing was drawn first because different drawings were drawn on top of each other. They even discovered that the cave lion did not have a tress because the outline of his head is clearly demarcated. Moreover, the red handprints in the cave were drawn by one person who is six feet tall, due to the crooked little finger. In addition to their discovery, humans never lived in the cave they only painted and held ceremonies, there are only traces of animals remain. However, there are some paintings that the researches do not know what the meaning behind them is. (Cave of Forgotten Dreams, 2012).
On the other hand, parts of the cave remain a mystery, such as the stones that didn’t fall from the cave’s ceiling were collected and grouped by a prehistoric man. A vast number of portraits showed predators, for example, lions, bears, panthers, rhinoceros and more. However, these creative paintings exceeded the number of animals known to be hunted like, deer, also bison that are found in several caves. In addition, to the encounter of the lower half of a female body connected to a bison’s head. (Cave of Forgotten Dreams, 2012).
The encounter of the lower half of a female body connected to a bison’s head is interesting. As we know they used to sculpt female bodies that signified fertility to prove women importance whereas, animals were carved and drawn. Is there any connection between the female body and the bison? Did they mean females represented fertility, and the bison represent strength? Did they mean bison represented the importance of food, therefore, it was associated with women? We will never know unless we gain access to the dark areas in the cave one more time.


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