CAVE OF ALTAMIRA, c. 20000-35000 BCE
The Cave of Altamira in Spain is known as the Sistine Chapel of Cave Art. Its depictions present a breathtaking visual narrative of the reality of life in Ancient Spain. The dynamic movement and energy of the illustrations tell us not only how ancient man perceived the natural world and its creatures, but how he felt about them. Taken together, these illustrations form a visual narrative that tells us an important story of early man, and serves as one of the most important examples of our species' ability to tell its stories with visual imagery.
For a great activity to do with students in connection with cave art, check out Activity 1 -- "Cave Art" under the Activities tab.