The First Masterpiece of Humanity

Chauvet-Pont d’Arc Cave revealed by 3D


  • Authors Pedro Lima, Philippe Psaïla and Guy Perazio
  • Date of release2014
  • Size 156 pages, 23,5x28,5 cm
  • Price 34,90 euros TTC
  • Many pictures from 3D model
  • Many Sketches
  • Video connected via Apps SynApps
  • 3D immersion via Apps SynApps

Pedro Lima, auteur des textes, est journaliste scientifique, spécialisé en préhistoire et art pariétal.

Philippe Psaïla, auteur des photographies, spécialisé dans les reportages sur la connaissance, les sciences et la découverte.

Jean Clottes, conseiller scientifique de l’ouvrage, est Conservateur général du Patrimoine (honoraire), spécialiste de l’art pariétal paléolithique et de l’art rupestre mondial.


This book tells the fabulous story of the Chauvet Pont d’Arc Cave, decorated 36,000 years ago by our Aurignacian ancestors, discovered in 1994 by three speleologists and listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2014.

Using the latest 3D technology, the full beauty of humanity’s first artworks unfolds over 208 pages. From the pages of the book, readers may access enhanced content via Internet and a dedicated application SynApps.

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The authors

Pedro Lima, a scientific journalist specialising in prehistory and parietal art, wrote the text. His work has given him the opportunity to visit numerous decorated sites, among them Lascaux and Chauvet-Pont d'Arc.

Philippe Psaïla, photographer and videographer specialising in research, science and discovery, made the photographs and images inside the 3D model of the Chauvet-Pont d'Arc cave. He visited the original cave, and his pictures do justice to its incomparable beauty.

Guy Perazio, created the 3D model used to make the pictures of cave art illustrating this work. He first entered the Chauvet-Pont d'Arc cave in 1997 to make the original topographic study and spent a total of 140 days there.

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