April 29, 2011
Genre(s): Family, Documentary
A guided documentation of the prehistoric Chauvet cave paintings in southern France is accompanied by narration. Estimated to have been sketched roughly 30,000 years ago, the images are the oldest yet discovered. The early artists are demonstrated to have possessed an intuitive artistic sense as they accurately portrayed horses, lions, bison and several other species. Some of the animals are shown to have additional legs or multiple horns, as if intended to produce a sensation of motion in response to flickering cave light. The uneven contour of the cave walls appears to have been utilized to enhance artistic perspective. The narrator points out that the drawings were produced by many individuals over possibly hundreds of years.