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[teacherartexchange] answer to my cave drawing question


From: KPRS2 (kprs2_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Mon Mar 06 2006 - 17:29:24 PST

San D,
>Thanks for your comment, appreciate your interest. Variability of
>orientation is one of the most disconcerting aspects of Upper Paleolithic
>art. Most Paleolithic artworks are right-side-up, but they are also
>routinely on a slope or upside-down. So the problem becomes, how does the
>right-side-up world occasionally end up rendered upside-down on the cave
>wall, or how does an upside-down image end up right-side-up on the cave
>wall. I think the simple answer is that this is not a universal theory,
>over the course of time, different artworks were made using different
>The paleo-camera theory is more directly related to artworks on small
>portable stone and bones called plaquettes (there is a good example of one
>on the paleo-art page on the website) that we theorize were traced inside
>a paleolithic hide tent, which were situated in cave mouths, rock
>overhangs, and in-the-open. Clearly, since people didn't live deep in the
>cave (evidenced by the lack of dwelling structures or habitation debri) no
>camera obscura was directly used for deep cave artworks. However, in our
>full presentation, we outline a very simple method for creating deep cave
>artworks that explains how the upside-down artworks were created beyond
>the reach of daylight.
>Hope this answers your questions. And do hope you can attend my next
>presentation, it's easier to explain with illustrations.
>Matt Gatton
> > How did the images become right side up in the caves if they are
> > "projected" upside down? San D

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