new on the dawn of art

Aurochs radiating from the Rocher de l’Impératrice in Plougastel-Daoulas (Finistère). © Nicolas Naudinot, Universite Cote d_Azur CNRS CEPAM, property of the departmental council of Finistere

REVIEW – Ninety of the oldest objects left by Homo sapiens are brought together at the Trocadéro, in a journey that synthesizes the latest knowledge in terms of prehistoric art.

Forget the image of thick brute. This 19th century snapshote century really no longer applies to Cro-Magnon, this Sapiens who came from Africa to Europe from 40,000 years ago. Not only was he much more athletic than us, but his cranial capacity was more developed. He thus felt the beauty of things, being himself largely an artist when he produced. Dancer, storyteller, musician, and even more certainly visual artist as evidenced by the Musée de l’Homme, facing an Eiffel Tower which, suddenly, looks like a distant descendant of the great menhirs, ninety of the objects that he left.

“These are the oldest works of art, treasures of humanity that accompanied our ancestors in their daily lives”, summarizes Aurélie Clemente-Ruiz. The new director of the place is proud that her team was able to obtain, after three years of effort from various European collections, these painted and sculpted stones, these ornaments of teeth or pearls…

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