The Cave of Lascaux discovered Sep12th 1940

Images and Imagination

Today, on the 12th of September in 1940 the caves of Lascaux in the south of France near to Montignac were discovered by Marcel Ravidat, Jacques Marsal, Georges Agnel and Simon Coencas, 4 young people who just roamed the area for some dicoveries as young people do in general. In 1948 the caves were opened for the public to see paintings dated more than 17000 years before our time. Unfortunately the caves had to be closed again in 1963 because the expelled CO2 of the many visitors damaged the paintings.

An airconditioning system had to be installed to control the environment, the paintings were restored. 1983 a reproduction of the cave and its paintings was created for the public.

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“Lascaux”

40″ x 13″

painted on silk

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Another cave in the south of France is even more spectacular – age up to 31500…

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