The cave paintings of Chauvet-Pont-D’Arc captivate me. Our ancestors were making art in depths of the last ice age, long before they domesticated food. It takes all kinds of hubris and reductionist deconstruction to imagine why they were doing it, so I’d rather just let it be and enjoy the fact that they did it.
The news of the day (hat tip to some smart wire editor at my morning paper) is a find in Vilhonneur forest – a 27,000-year-old cave painting of a human face with a skeleton. It’s said to be, possibly, the earliest artistic representation of a human face.