Around 60,000 to 40,000 years ago human beings underwent a radical change in their mindset and mental abilities. The reasons for this major revolution of language, social behaviour and the emergence of artistic expression are not yet fully understood and may never be, but there is no denying that a significant new level of expression in “being human” occurred and set us on the path to becoming what we are today. And there is no better or more concrete evidence of this new vision of life than the first experiments in artistic expression that have fortunately remained preserved through the tens of thousands of years that have passed since they were created. From the simplest crude scratchings to the development of the unique techniques used in the incredible cave paintings at Chavuet, Lascaux, Altamira and Cosquer, just to name a few, there is the core essence of what it means to be human. The unknown and unnamed individuals who created this art are not just our ancestors, they are, in fact, us…



000 art is everywhereThe photo of this crude relief on the shelter wall of Abri Pataud in Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil in the Dordogne region of France was taken on my visit there in June 2006. Since taking photos in all of the other major caves is not permitted, poetic license allows me to identify it as a cave in the poem…


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Categories: Archaeology, Art, France, Perspective, Photography, Poetry | Tags: , , , , , | 2 Comments

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  1. This is beautiful! Art is everywhere. Thanks for posting.

    • Thank you for your kind words. Art IS everywhere. We just have to take the time and open our eyes…

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