Browsing Category: prehistoric art

  • A neanderthal in agnès b.

    Last week I visited the Neandertal exhibition at the Musée de l’Homme in Paris. The show was instructive and lively. And reasonably busy, for a Friday morning. There is clearly public interest in our nearest prehistorical kindred. Just why this should be, I’ll hazard a guess at the end of this post. There wasn’t too …

    April 24, 2018
  • L’abbé Breuil and Bisonte cigarettes

    Henri Breuil (1877-1961) has been called the father of prehistory. Little known in the UK, he should really take a place alongside Freud, Darwin and Marx as one of the scientists who sent shockwaves through 20th century thought; he changed the way we see our place in the world for good. Breuil was a cleric, …

    April 19, 2018
  • Museo de Altamira

    Read just a little of the literature about cave art and you’ll come across a report of some or other high-minded archaeologist bursting into tears at the sight of it. But this was never going to happen at the Museo de Altamira. The caves are closed to the public. Instead visitors are invited into a …

    September 29, 2012