Almost all the paintings are of animals – 13 species are depicted, including some that are extinct.
(See rhinoceroses in first image and horses in second image, above.) Unlike most cave paintings, a significant number of predator animals are depicted (e.g., cave lions, panthers, bears and cave hyenas), and there are scenes of animals interacting, such as two woolly rhinoceroses fighting. For example, the artists prepared the rock surface before painting by scraping off debris; they also etched around the outlines of some figures to create a three dimensional effect.
The seven Art History 101 lists contain every work of art that was on at least two of the 24 ‘Best Works of Art’ lists that I collected from the Internet and books.The highlight of the Gravettian period is a red and black painting of two spotted horses (see first image).Solutrean period art includes the Wounded Man, who has been punctured by numerous arrows or spears (a victim of war or punishment?The figure has the exaggerated features of the typical Venus figurine.
It has no face, only streaks which may be hair, and no feet, so it could not stand by itself.The Chauvet Cave, which contains hundreds of paintings by Paleolithic humans, was discovered by three French speleologists led by Jean-Marie Chauvet in 1994.