By painting and etching on cave walls, our prehistoric ancestors captured their ice age
perceptions of life.
In doing so, they didn't realize those ideas would endure for more than 400 succeeding generations; it was the dawn of art.
Thousands of animal, human and geometric shapes grace the caves of France and Spain. These images are the earliest examples of life portraits.
They have remained hidden from our modern techno-religious societies for thousands of years and only through chance encounters are they brought to light.
Broad scenes on irregular rock surfaces lend three dimensions to animals, bringing them to life. Modern observers marvel and feel strangely in tune with an early environment while haunting images stir imaginations - as perhaps the artist fully intended.
The exhibit focuses on prehistoric cave painting and etching (parietal art) produced between 33 thousand and 10 thousand years ago during the European ice ages by Cro-Magnon man in southern France and northern Spain.