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The Caves of Lascaux

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Hannah Luo

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The Caves of Lascaux By Hannah Luo The Ceiling of Red Cows h fg There are three yellow horses and three red cows in this painting. Two of the three cows have unique features. One of the red cows wears a collar, and one has a drooping horn. The three yellow horses are all positioned in spaces near the red cows. It looks as if the artist wanted to capture the magical essence of these animals or perhaps that the painting was for a ritual ceremony. This painting seems to indicate that the ancient people believed in the spirits of animals. Panel of the Falling Cow The focal point of this painting is the image of a leaping cow. The faint spot of red on the cow’s stomach represents blood oozing from a wound inflicted by a human. The cow is surrounded by horses and ibexes, which is a type of wild goat. This painting is a snapshot of a scene from real life long ago. This picture shows how the early humans hunted their food. The Frieze of the Swimming Stags In this painting there are five images of stags swimming in a stream. The first four are colored black, and the fifth one is brown. Their bodies are blurred to look like they are submerged in water. I believe this remarkable painting is a scene that happened in ancient days. The stags seem to be swimming towards or away from something. The most likely scenario is that the stags are migrating, or they are attempting to escape from a pursuer. I think this painting indicates one of the miraculous happenings that occurred thousands of years ago. Black Horse Compared to the other works of are in the cave, this painting is no masterpiece. The horse is drawn in black, and looks a bit distorted. This painting looks as if the artist started their work fully intent on creating a masterpiece, then lost interest when they were only halfway done. Only the back, mane, mouth, and chest of the horse are drawn. The picture seems to have been painted by an apprentice, for it is thoroughly lacking in skill and experience. This painting confirms that not all the cave painters were especially talented at this craft, though many were. The half horse is the only image on the wall, and looks extremely lonely. Panel of the Wounded Man It is extremely uncommon to have humans in cave paintings, which makes this piece a rarity. In this picture there is a man, a bison, a bird-shaped spear thrower, and a rhinoceros. The bison’s insides are spilling out, no doubt from a wound inflicted by the man’s spear. The bison is resting on its forelimbs with its head pulled back, preparing to charge. The man is tilted at a 45 degree angle as a result of the bison’s former attack. This painting shows that early people were not always successful in their hunts, as this man is about to be gored to death. Panel of the Great Black Cow The reason that this painting is called the Panel of the Great Black Cow is because the cow in the center of the picture is of monstrous size at 2.2 meters. The cow was made using the spray technique which is where a hollow bird bone or bamboo reed is dipped in paint then blown onto the canvas. There are also many horses in this paintings as well as peculiar rectangular signs known as the coat of arms. The coat of arms symbol is made up of many colored fields. Many have tried to decipher the coat of arms, but none have succeeded. My guess is that this painting was part of a spiritual ceremony. 6th Grade
2nd Hour
Social Studies Thank You for Watching! Let's get started! Halfway done! Bibliography Cow with a Collar http://www.lascaux.culture.fr/content/images/fonds/02_02_01_00.jpg
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http://www.lascaux.culture.fr/content/images/fonds/02_02_00_11.jpg Cow with a Droopin Horn Cow Painted on Ceiling Falling Cow the Frieze of Swimming Stags Black Horse Panel of the Wounded Man The Great Black Cow Horses in the Panel of the Great Black Cow Coat of Arms Last one! The Black Stag This stag is of remarkable quality as it was evidently painted by a master cave artist. The details of this animal are delicate and impossibly intricate. The head and body were created using the spray technique and the horns and hindquarters were made with a brush. There is a bit of red coloring near the mouth which could represent breath. I think the artist painted this picture to capture the essence of such a lively and beautiful animal.
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