Ice Age art: arrival of the modern mind

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  • If you missed the exhibition Ice Age art: arrival of the modern mind , here's your chance to explore this fascinating subject with the accompanying exhibition catalogue.

    This is a thought- provoking exploration of the masterpieces of sculpture, drawing and decoration of the last Ice Age. Produced between 40,000 and 10,000 years ago, this is some of the oldest known figurative art in the world. Looking at these art works provides a fascinating insight into the earliest modern minds and their capacity to express ideas symbolically through art.

    Over 100 objects are featured, including small but exquisite sculptures made from mammoth ivory, engraved drawings, ceramic models, decorated objects and jewellery from the age of the great painted caves. Some are celebrated masterpieces such as the Swimming Reindeer (13,000 years old), the so- called Willendorf Venus (25,000 years old), the Vogelherd Horse (32,000 years old) and the Lion Man (32,000 years old); others are lesser- known treasures from the collections of European museums. The author examines them in a new light, as works of aesthetic – not solely archaeological – interest, and as such forming part of an unbroken continuum of human creativity.

    The compelling narrative is also illustrated with a wealth of images, from classical sculpture to twentieth-century painting and even contemporary advertising campaigns, which demonstrate surprising aesthetic parallels between these ancient works and familiar modern pieces.

    In this way, Ice Age art will bring home the point that the minds that created these objects in all their diversity and inventiveness were modern minds like our own, capable of highly sophisticated thought and expression.

    Author

    Jill Cook is Senior Curator of the Palaeolithic and Mesolithic collections at the British Museum.

  • Product code: cmcf23332
    Exhibition: Ice Age art
    World culture: Prehistoric
    Title: Ice Age art
    Subtitle: arrival of the modern mind
    Author: Jill Cook
    ISBN: 978 0 7141 2333 2
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 240 pages
    Size: 24.5cm x 24.5cm
    llustrations: 200 colour illustrations
    Publication date: February 2013
    Weight: 1.6kg
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Both in the show and in the first-rate catalogue Jill Cook has achieved the difficult feat of making art made in the mists of time feel almost familiar.
The Telegraph

Splendid, spectacularly illustrated.
Saturday Scotsman

An intelligent and informed assessment of an extraordinary period in human history.
Current World Archaeology

Probably the exhibition of the year… As the exhibition was not to be missed, so is the book.
Drome magazine

The lavish exhibition catalogue provides colour photographs for the first time of some of the Museum’s other objects, of which in the past only monochrome images were available. …A useful account of the history, technology and aesthetics of many fine objects and a good general introduction to Paleolithic portable art.
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