Great Hall of Bulls.  Lascaux Caves: Dordogne, France, ca. 15,000-10,000 BC.  Ochre and charcoal.

        As many as 13 different styles are identifiable in the overlapping naturalistic figures painted on the walls of this cavern, each from a different time period.  The largest bull, from the Great Hall of Bulls, measures 18 feet in length.  Consider the remarkable abilities and observational capacities of these early artists: these paintings, among the earliest known, were made by the flickering light of oil-bearing stone lamps, almost certainly without the animals being present.

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Chumash Cave

Chumash Figure with Starbursts

Chumash Figure

Human and Animal Figures