Friday, January 30, 2015

Lascaux: The Sistine Chapel of Prehistory

On view now at the Musée du Cinquantenaire in Brussels is an astounding exhibition highlighting one of Europe's greatest historical treasures: the painted caves of Lascaux.  Lascaux: The Sistine Chapel of Prehistory is a full-scale, scientifically accurate reproduction of the famous cave complex and features the finest up-to-date visual technologies, giving the visitor the impression of actually being in the cave itself. The exhibition also pays attention to the cultural context within which this art originated, showing how its creators lived, hunted, ate and clothed themselves. Serving to frame the whole are complete animal skeletons and bone fragments, a realistic portrayal of a baby mammoth, and contemporary implements and jewellery, drawn from the Museum of Natural Sciences and the Cinquantenaire Museum.

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Image courtesy of the Musée du Cinquantenaire

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