MA Art History & Visual Culture Students at Rock Art Seminar

20/01/2012

MA Art History & Visual Culture students attended the UCL seminar on French cave art at the Institut Francais with a screening of Werner Herzog's 3D 'Cave of Forgotten Dreams'

The panel of lions

Dr Robert J. Wallis, a specialist in the archaeology and anthropology of art with an emphasis on rock art, took the MA Art History and Visual Culture students to a seminar on French cave art at the Institut Francais in South Kensington on Wed 18 Jan. The art at Chauvet is the oldest cave art in Europe, some 32,000 years old, and contains sophisticated images of various animals including lion, bear, horse and bison, as well as human hand prints. The seminar was organised by Dr Didier Bouakaze-Khan at UCL and the speakers were Professor Jean-Michel Geneste, Director of Chauvet Cave and archaeolgoist Julien Monney who has worked extensively in the region. The seminar was followed by a screening of Werner Herzog's 3D film celebrating Chauvet, 'The Cave of Forgotten Dreams'. The event addressed issues raised in Dr Wallis' MA course on 'World Arts' which includes a seminar on French cave art, as well as the rock art of Southern Africa, Britain and Ireland.


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