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Stepping-Stones: A Journey through the Ice Age Caves of the Dordogne [Kindle Edition]

Christine Desdemaines-Hugon , Ian Tattersall
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"Dedemaines-Hugon speaks with enthusiasm and a love for the culture and its artwork."--Brian Skinner, Yale University --Brian Skinner


The cave art of France’s Dordogne region is world-famous for the mythology and beauty of its remarkable drawings and paintings. These ancient images of lively bison, horses, and mammoths, as well as symbols of all kinds, are fascinating touchstones in the development of human culture, demonstrating how far humankind has come and reminding us of the ties that bind us across the ages.

Over more than twenty-five years of teaching and research, Christine Desdemaines-Hugon has become an unrivaled expert in the cave art and artists of the Dordogne region. In her new book she combines her expertise in both art and archaeology to convey an intimate understanding of the “cave experience.” Her keen insights communicate not only the incomparable artistic value of these works but also the near-spiritual impact of viewing them for oneself.

Focusing on five fascinating sites, including the famed Font de Gaume and others that still remain open to the public, Stepping-Stones reveals striking similarities between art forms of the Paleolithic and works of modern artists and gives us a unique pathway toward understanding the culture of the Dordogne Paleolithic peoples and how it still touches our lives today.


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4.0 von 5 Sternen sehr empfehlenswert 1. Januar 2012
Von Mausibär
Format:Gebundene Ausgabe
Ein hoch interessantes, informatives Buch über fünf prähistorische Höhlen, das auch Information über andere Ausgrabungsstätten mit einbezieht. Es ist detailreich und einfühlsam geschrieben und weist immer wieder darauf hin, dass uns die Gedankenwelt der Cro-Magnon eigentlich verschlossen bleibt. Ein sehr empfehlenswertes Buch, in dem man sich allerdings ein paar mehr Bilder, insbes. Farbbilder wünschen könnte.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Brilliant accessible narrative about complex topics 27. September 2010
Von Laura FitzSimmons - Veröffentlicht auf
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I was heading back to the caves in the Dordogne for a second look and someone suggested this book to me. I ordered it, thinking in the back of my mind that it in spite of my best intentions it would likely remain unread in the bookshelf because most books about rock art are either excruciatingly dry or dippy New Age. This book is neither. I read it bit by bit over about a week. The author has such a deep understanding and length of exposure to these treasures that she was able to create a real page turner. Her explanation of the context in which these works of art were created, and of the evoultion of our species, is a very valuable source.
I could not recommend this book more highly and have ordered copies to give friends and family members who may never be able to experience these wonders first hand. This book is the next best thing.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Tough subject, good book 18. Oktober 2012
Von jrc griffin - Veröffentlicht auf
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This must be a very difficult subject to write a book about because after several tries I haven't found one yet that hasn't been, as another reviewer said, overwhelmingly "dry or New Age". Having said that I think this is the best yet for someone like me who doesn't have an academic background in the field. It is certainly well written and eminently readable for the layman as an overview of the subject, but In the end it is disappointing.

The real question the reader wants answered is "why" and, apparently so far, that answer is simply unknown. But that doesn't stop other authors from profoundly speculating.

Thankfully this book does not focus on that type of guessing game. Ms. Desdemaines-Hugon does a very good job of sticking to what it is and not why it is.

The problem however, it seems to me, based on what is actually known this is a subject for a book of illustrations, not page after page after page of text. If you haven't seen at least a copy the painting a glowing description of the "Mona Lisa", no matter how accurate, is a rather useless and frustrating experience. I found myself simultaneously ( and for the most part unsuccessfully ) searching other sources for some visual confirmation of the authors rapturous opinions.

Bottom line, good but not great.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Like Being There 18. November 2011
Von WALTER SCHMIDA - Veröffentlicht auf
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I have previously visited several of the caves discussed in the book and found that I now have many new insights. The author gives us a fascinating view of the lives and inspirations of these gifted people. The writing style is entertaining and non-academic, without being sensational or flippant. This book is an indispensable starting point for real appreciation of the origins of our artistic traditions. I will re-read as a preparation for future visits to these sites and recommend the book to anyone who has an interest in these remarkable examples of human creativity .
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2.0 von 5 Sternen Kindle Edition does not include the color plates 14. August 2011
Von William S - Veröffentlicht auf
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I have recently started the kindle edition of this book and have learned this edition is missing the color plates which are an essential feature of the book. I will buy the book version now but wish I had been warned about this in advance. I know that the kindle does not show color pictures but I did not know there were color plates in the book.

I believe the product description for the kindle edition should mention when important features of the book are missing.

I have really enjoyed the book so far so my rating is just for the kindle edition!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Great Book 11. März 2012
Von GTP1601 - Veröffentlicht auf
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I am thoroughly enjoying this book.
The author, Christine Desdemaines-Hugon, writes in a fashion that is informative, but not above my head.
She freely states this book is a "more like a story, than anything else" and that is what I was looking for, regarding ice age cave art.
I am interested in an introduction, a basic understanding of the subject, and Ms. Desdemaines-Hugon provides that very well.

I highly recommend the book.
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