Detail View: ADJUNCT MODULE D: WORLD ART: Lascaux IV Cave Replica

Collection: 
ADJUNCT MODULE D: WORLD ART
Preferred Title: 
Lascaux IV Cave Replica
Image View: 
Gallery with scale models showing the whole cave system and location of the paintings replicated in the museum
Creator: 
AFSP (Atelier des Fac-Similés du Périgord) (French reproduction firm, founded ca. 1990); unknown (Magdalenian)
Location: 
repository: International Centre for Cave Art (Montignac, Nouvelle-Aquitaine, France)
Location Note: 
Avenue de Lascaux
GPS: 
+45.058302+1.169657
Date: 
ca. 15,000 BCE (other); replica, 2012-2016 (creation)
Cultural Context: 
European; Magdalenian
Style Period: 
Magdalenian; Upper Paleolithic
Work Type 1: 
replica
Work Type 2: 
petroglyph
Classification: 
Paintings
Material: 
earth (mineral) pigments on resin rock
Technique: 
painting and painting techniques
Measurements: 
900 m (length, painting reproductions)
Subjects: 
animal; cycles or series; prehistory; prehistoric
Description: 
The opening of Lascaux Cave after World War II changed the cave environment. The exhalations of 1,200 visitors per day, presence of light, and changes in air circulation have created a number of problems, leading to closure of the caves in 1963. Various replicas have been made; Lascaux IV is a new copy, that forms part of a new building (opened 2016), the International Centre for Cave Art (Centre International d’Art Parietal). Inside the cave facsimile, the atmosphere is damp and dark. The cave replica was developed through advanced 3D laser scanning; 25 artists spent 2 years hand-painting 900 meters of resin rock reproductions, using the same pigments used 17,000 years ago. The paintings represent primarily large animals, typical local and contemporary fauna that correspond with the fossil record of the Upper Paleolithic time. Over 900 paintings can be identified as animals, and 605 of these have been precisely identified. (Source: Lascaux IV [museum website]; https://www.lascaux.fr/en/)
Collection: 
Archivision Adjunct Module D: World Art
Identifier: 
7A3-UPALEO-F-L3-PM-A02
Rights: 
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