Since its discovery in 1940, the Lascaux cave, decorated 20,000 years ago by hunter-gatherers of the Palaeolithic period, is the symbol of human creative genius. This prestigious work, richly illustrated with photographs from the complete replica of the cave, shares all the artistic wonders of Lascaux, the knowledge accumulated by generations of researchers and their principle hypotheses for interpretating the hidden meanings of the paintings. It also reveals the secrets of the successive reproductions of the cave. The book opens with a preamble by Yves Coppens, palaeontologist and co-discoverer of Lucy, retracing the origins of both humankind and art, and is prolonged by multimedia content via a free app and 360° immersion in Lascaux IV.
Pedro Lima, 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.
Yves Coppens, author of the preamble, is a palaeontologist and co-discoverer or co-signatory of six new hominids including “Lucy” (Australopithecus afarensis). Professor at the Collège de France and the Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle, member of the French Academies of Sciences and Medicine, he presided the International Scientific Council of Lascaux from 2010 to 2017.
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.