Sunday, August 15, 2010

The deadly lure of cave paintings | Jonathan Jones | Art and design | guardian.co.uk

Cave painting of auroches (Bos primigenius pri...Image via Wikipedia

The deadly lure of cave paintings | Jonathan Jones | Art and design | guardian.co.uk: "If I ever die in the service of art criticism, it will be because the fantasy of discovering a cave painting lured me into an unplanned and under-equipped excursion into a deep dark hole. Probably in some part of Britain where cave art could not have happened anyway due to the ancient rigours of our climate.

I was sent by the Guardian a few years ago to explore caves in France for a feature on ice age art. I learned about rock art, but also about caves themselves. The landscape east of Cahors is like a piece of cheese in a cartoon, full of holes. In reality, all limestone landscapes are like that: rain acting on carbon-rich sedimentary rocks sculpts magic worlds underground. In Britain, famous such caves – but bare of art – include the Blue John cavern in the Peak District. Only at Creswell Crags have significant works of ice age cave carving been discovered in these islands."