The video above, Grotte Chauvet: La 3D remonte le temps, was linked in an article (La grotte Chauvet en 3D, June 6) in Le Figaro Magazine. It shows "unpublished images," renderings the of art made in the Chauvet cave some 36,000 years ago. A three-dimensional computer program was used to create a realistic depiction of what the drawings look like on the curving surface of the cave walls, the context that is very hard to explain or to show in photographs. I know from a visit to the Pech-Merle cave, one of the most mind-blowing artistic experiences of my life, that there is no way to explain the effect of seeing that artwork in its actual location, deep in the dark recesses of the earth.
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