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Cave Art

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Why do humans make art? When did we begin to make our mark on the world? And where?

In this major new film, Britain’s most celebrated sculptor, Antony Gormley, is setting out on a journey to see for himself the very beginnings of art.

Once we believed that art began with the cave paintings of Ice Age Europe, tens of thousands of years ago. But now, extraordinary new discoveries around the world are overturning that idea.

Antony is going to travel across the globe, and thousands of years back in time, to piece together a new story of how art began.

He’ll discover beautiful, haunting and surprising works of art, deep inside caves across France, Spain and Indonesia, and in Australian rock shelters. He’ll find images created by hunter-gatherers that surprise him with their tenderness, and affinity with the natural world. He’ll discover the secrets behind the techniques used by our ancestors to create these paintings. And he’ll meet experts making discoveries that are turning the clock back on when art first began.

Finally he’ll ask what these images from millennia ago can tell us – about who we are.

As he says: “If we can look closely at the art of our ancestors, perhaps we will be able to reconnect with something vital that we have lost.”