- Tapa dura: 288 páginas
- Editor: Yale University Press (6 de abril de 2010)
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 0300152663
- ISBN-13: 978-0300152661
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Stepping-Stones: A Journey through the Ice Age Caves of the Dordogne (Inglés) Tapa dura – 6 abr 2010
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"The next best thing to actually seeing the prehistoric cave art of southern France's Dordogne region is reading about it, as lovingly and meticulously described by Christine Desdemaines-Hugon in "Stepping-Stones." . . a rapturous guide through five major Ice Age sites, each open to the public, and each with its own magical beauty."--Peter A./i>"" --Peter A. Young "Archaeology " Dedemaines-Hugon speaks with enthusiasm and a love for the culture and its artwork. Brian Skinner, Yale University --Brian Skinner" The next best thing to actually seeing the prehistoric cave art of southern France s Dordogne region is reading about it, as lovingly and meticulously described by Christine Desdemaines-Hugon in Stepping-Stones. . . a rapturous guide through five major Ice Age sites, each open to the public, and each with its own magical beauty. Peter A./i>--Peter A. Young "Archaeology "" "Dedemaines-Hugon speaks with enthusiasm and a love for the culture and its artwork."--Brian Skinner, Yale University --Brian Skinner
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Well-written and eminently accessible, this book explores and celebrates the Upper Palaeolithic art of the Dordogne, admirably conveying the author's enthusiasm for her subject. Desdemaines-Hugon's text reads as a personalised guided tour to five famous sites, all of which are still open to the public: Font de Gaume, Combralles, Cap Blanc, Rouffignac and Bernifal. The descriptions are beautifully done, marrying the art with its setting, and portable and decorative arts are also covered, giving the reader a real feel for the sophistication of Cro-magnon culture, as well as insights as to its development.Ver Descripción del producto
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For what it's worth, this book is one of the few English language books that is on sale in *all* of the museum shops in the region.
And, for anyone thinking of visiting the region it is absolutely awesome to stand in places with 50,000 years or more of human history under foot.
I could not recommend this book more highly and have ordered copies to give friends and family members who may never be able to experience these wonders first hand. This book is the next best thing.
The real question the reader wants answered is "why" and, apparently so far, that answer is simply unknown. But that doesn't stop other authors from profoundly speculating.
Thankfully this book does not focus on that type of guessing game. Ms. Desdemaines-Hugon does a very good job of sticking to what it is and not why it is.
The problem however, it seems to me, based on what is actually known this is a subject for a book of illustrations, not page after page after page of text. If you haven't seen at least a copy the painting a glowing description of the "Mona Lisa", no matter how accurate, is a rather useless and frustrating experience. I found myself simultaneously ( and for the most part unsuccessfully ) searching other sources for some visual confirmation of the authors rapturous opinions.
Bottom line, good but not great.
Even more significantly, Desdemaines-Hugon is insightful and profound without projecting personal or cultural interpretations on the imagery or it's location (inside caves). Throughout the book, while questions and reflections flow, interpretations are notably absent. She consistently demonstrates a method of experiencing the place and the art with unassuming openess. Then in the last 3 pages she makes a concise and well supported statement, concluding, "What moves us today, whether for aesthetic or mystical reasons also touched these Paleolithic artists...Stylistic conventions, techniques, cultural motivations may vary over time, but . . . Beauty is spiritual." Some may disagree with that statement on the surface, but keep in mind I jumped from the middle to the end of 3 important pages. I recommend reading this book just for the broader implications of that idea and its fleshed out argument, as well as to enable one to avoid approaching Paleolithic art without a conceptual box in hand, looking for pieces that fit.
The author, Christine Desdemaines-Hugon, writes in a fashion that is informative, but not above my head.
She freely states this book is a "more like a story, than anything else" and that is what I was looking for, regarding ice age cave art.
I am interested in an introduction, a basic understanding of the subject, and Ms. Desdemaines-Hugon provides that very well.
I highly recommend the book.