“Origins of Art” in National Geographic

A few years ago I reviewed Werner Herzog’s documentary Cave of Forgotten Dreams about the Chauvet cave art, so I was interested in this article about what it was like to photograph the cave paintings for a story in the January issue of the National Geographic. It turns out that the story itself, called The Origins of Art, is available online to non-subscribers. It’s an interesting read and covers Chauvet and other sites worldwide, considering both paintings and artifacts and putting art in the context of human evolution. The map and slideshows in the sidebar are worth a look too.

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  1. Interesting article on Origins of Art. There is not a lot of discussion about why the artist(s) were driven to create the art, but they were clearly expressions of abstract thinking, creative genius and passion.

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