Evolutions of Lascaux
Source TitleAesthetics and rock art
University of Melbourne Author/sWILKEN, ROWAN
AffiliationArts: Department of History
Document TypeBook Chapter
CitationsWilken, R. (2005). Evolutions of Lascaux. In T. Heyd & J. Clegg (Eds.), Aesthetics and rock art (pp. 177-189). Ashgate.
Access StatusOpen Access
This is a pre-print version of a chapter in [Aesthetics and rock art published by Ashgate. The definitive version of this chapter is available at http://www.ashgate.com/default.aspx?page=637&calcTitle=1&title_id=9287&edition_id=12354
This paper charts the evolutions of the Lascaux cave in its various manifestations from the ‘original’ rock art discovered in 1940 to the replica construction ‘Lascaux II’ and a recent travelling exhibition ‘Virtual Lascaux’. The discussion briefly outlines these evolutions and then, employing the notion of the ‘hyperreal’ and the ‘simulacrum’, examines them and the paradoxical nature of ‘copies’ of an ‘original’ work of rock art.
Keywordsprehistoric art; petroglyphs; aesthetics
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