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The Resource Cave paintings and the human spirit : the origin of creativity and belief, David S. Whitley

Cave paintings and the human spirit : the origin of creativity and belief, David S. Whitley

Label
Cave paintings and the human spirit : the origin of creativity and belief
Title
Cave paintings and the human spirit
Title remainder
the origin of creativity and belief
Statement of responsibility
David S. Whitley
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"The magnificent prehistoric art discovered in caves throughout France and Spain raises many questions about early human culture. What do these superbly rendered paintings of horses, bison, and enigmatic human figures and symbols mean? How can we explain the sudden flourishing of artistic creativity at such a high level? And in what ways does this artwork reflect the underlying belief system, worldview, and life of the people who created it?" "In this fascinating discussion of ancient art and religion, Dr. David S. Whitley-one of the world's leading experts on cave paintings-guides the reader in an exploration of these intriguing questions, while sharing his firsthand experiences in visiting these exquisite, breathtaking sites." "To grasp what drove these ancient artists to create these masterpieces, and to understand the origin of myth and religion, as Whitley explains, is to appreciate what makes us human. Moreover, he broadens our understanding of the genesis of creativity and myth by proposing a radically new and original theory that weds two seemingly warring camps from separate disciplines." "Combining a colorful narrative describing Whitley's personal explorations at key archaeological sites with robust scientific research, Cave Paintings and the Human Spirit makes for engrossing reading. It provides a profound and poignant perspective on what it means to be human."--Jacket
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Whitley, David S
Dewey number
709/.01/12
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
GN803
LC item number
.W495 2009
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Cave paintings
  • Petroglyphs
  • Art, Prehistoric
  • Art, Shamanistic
  • Shamanism in art
Label
Cave paintings and the human spirit : the origin of creativity and belief, David S. Whitley
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 261-310) and index
Contents
pt. 1. Three days at Chauvet. -- The world's earliest cave art -- Inside Chauvet -- pt. 2. Côa and the Coso connection. -- The dating game -- Finding Côa -- pt. 3. Meaning and madness in the upper paleolithic. -- The myth of ecstasy and the origins of religion : entry into the Volp caves -- Creativity and the emotional life of the shamans -- Art beyond belief : creativity and religion in perspective
Control code
ocn236082513
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
322 p., [8] p. of plates
Isbn
9781591026365
Isbn Type
(hardcover : acid-free paper)
Lccn
2008031602
Other physical details
ill. (some col.)
System control number
(OCoLC)236082513
Label
Cave paintings and the human spirit : the origin of creativity and belief, David S. Whitley
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 261-310) and index
Contents
pt. 1. Three days at Chauvet. -- The world's earliest cave art -- Inside Chauvet -- pt. 2. Côa and the Coso connection. -- The dating game -- Finding Côa -- pt. 3. Meaning and madness in the upper paleolithic. -- The myth of ecstasy and the origins of religion : entry into the Volp caves -- Creativity and the emotional life of the shamans -- Art beyond belief : creativity and religion in perspective
Control code
ocn236082513
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
322 p., [8] p. of plates
Isbn
9781591026365
Isbn Type
(hardcover : acid-free paper)
Lccn
2008031602
Other physical details
ill. (some col.)
System control number
(OCoLC)236082513

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