Monday, November 18
7:00 PM- 8:30 PM
Community Activities Building, 1400 Roosevelt Avenue, Redwood City, CA
Prehistoric Rock Art -- Paleolithic Cave Paintings of Spain and France
The El Castillo caves in Spain are home to not only rock and mineral formations, but the cave also contains some of Europe’s oldest Cave Paintings. The caves are amazing from a geologic point of view, but one comes away with an even greater awe of the prehistoric art the caves contain.
Art began during the “stone-age” (Paleolithic), and rock was the major medium of art throughout prehistory. Paleolithic Rock Art includes rock and cave painting, rock carving and engraving, and sculpture. The “cave art” that we are all familiar started 40,000 or more years ago in Europe and continued throughout the last glacial period, the reason it is also known as "Ice Age Art".
In the El Castillo Cave the artistic achievements of these so-called “cave-men” is astounding. The more one sees of it, the more you can’t help but think of the questions raised about these artists and about our human past … Who were these people? What were their lives like? Why were they making these paintings? How did they learn to do it? Where did they practice (all of the images seemed like final versions – where were the draft versions)?
HAH! Of course I’m not going to give you those answers – no one knows those answers. But I will show some amazing pictures, tell about how the caves got there, and what is known about the people who lived and created paintings in those caves.
FREE LECTURE AT THE UNITED STATES GEOLOGICAL SURVEY (USGS)
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