ANCIENT WONDER

The Lascaux Caves, Montignac, France

OFF THE CUFF Writing

In my search for famous black paintings, this 17,300 year old fresco jolted my childhood memories in seeing this rare image.

The discovery took place on September 12, 1940 when 4 young boys playing in nearby caves fell in a foxhole to rescue their dog.

Scientists conclude that the wild animals are outlined in thick black paint blown through a tube and brushed with animal hairs.

Black is indeed the most powerful hue used in paintings.