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With the discovery of the Chauvet cave in the 1990s, the earliest indisputable evidence of human artistry has been pushed back over 10,000 years. Recent research has further clarified our understanding of the development of European Paleolithic art. Clottes (Return to Chauvet Cave), one of the leading scholars in this field, provides a survey of the various phases of the earliest art history. The book is presented like an exhibition catalog-a brief introductory essay summarizes the latest findings, followed by hundreds of color photos, each accompanied by a highly informative entry statement. The art reproduced includes cave wall paintings, engravings, and three-dimensional sculptures. In addition, the volume offers a chronological diagram, a glossary, and a list of sites open to the public. Highly recommended as a visual survey for any library with an interest in art and archaeology.
—Eugene C. Burt