Who Painted the Caves?

The history of art (and art history) is dominated by men through an inertia of gender dominance (and many other factors) – just ask the Guerrilla Girls!. So it’s not surprising that scholars would have assumed that prehistoric art would have been made predominantly by men, but a new study challenges that assumption.

>>Archaeologist Dean Snow of Pennsylvania State University analyzed hand stencils found in eight cave sites in France and Spain. By comparing the relative lengths of certain fingers, Snow determined that three-quarters of the handprints were female.<< National Geographic

To explore the world of cave art:

Prehistoric art : the symbolic journey of humankind / Randall White – N5310 .W48 2003

The Creative ice age brain : cave art in the light of neuroscience / Barbara Olins Alpert – N5310 .A47 2008

The Nature of Paleolithic art / R. Dale Guthrie.- GN772 .G87 2005

Dawn of art : the Chauvet Cave : the oldest known paintings in the world / Jean-Marie Chauvet, Eliette Brunel Deschamps, and Christian Hillaire – N5310.5.F7 C4713 1996

Lascaux : movement, space, and time / Norbert Aujoulat – N5310 .A913 2005 OVERSIZE

Cave of forgotten dreams / written and directed by Werner Herzog – V-D H476 Cav DVD

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