The inception of art in prehistoric times is a much debated issue. Some believe it coincides with a revolution of the mind, which is thought to have started about 40.000 years ago; others think it is the result of a gradual evolution that began with the very first human beings, some two millions years ago. Our forefathers gradually devoted more and more time to art. For the first time ever, this film reveals this “Lascaux cave of sculpture”, a showcase that suggests that the Stone Age may well have had its share of “Michelangelos”.
Using this monumental sculpted frieze as a starting point, “Stone Age Artists: The Magdalenian Masters” explores the various facets of the Magdalenian culture, its potential influence across Europe and beyond, and the message conveyed by the creations of this civilization of hunters and pickers: illustrations of animals, female figures and enigmatic human profiles decorating their objects and their places of residence. As for the Magdalenians ancestors that settled in large areas of Europe between 18,000 and 10,000 years B.C.– art was amazingly developed. The sculpted bas-relief of the Roc-aux-Sorciers site (in south-western France) “a unique masterpiece” is the proof that a golden age of prehistory did actually exist.