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    I need information on the aurochs painting in the Hall of the Bulls, and the Venus of Willendorf.
    Please help me answer the questions on the attachment
    Your evaluation should include:

    Specifics regarding description, analysis, interpretation, and judgment
    Information about the basic composition
    The location of the work
    Answers to the following questions:
    Were there difficulties in the nature of the medium utilized, such as stone tools?
    What about the accessibility to the material - as in cave paintings some 20 feet off the floor in a dark cave?
    What was the impact of the time in which it was made on the actual artistic endeavor?
    What could be the possible effects of the art work on the original viewers and on 21 st century observers?

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    The aurochs (name of a large prehistoric cattle) painting from the Hall of the Bulls is in the fabulous painted cave at Lescaux, France. The web site I used for info is at: http://seco.glendale.edu/ceramics/lascauxcaves.html, but if you search Google using the keywords "Hall of the Bulls cave paintings," you will get lots of good hits that you could cite in your answer. This one: http://www.mazzaroth.com/ChapterOne/LascauxCave.htm includes a map pinpointing the location of the site in France, and has additional information about the cave and its paintings that the first site does not contain. I recommend that you check several of them - probably not the ones in French, unless you read that language! These cave paintings were mentioned in a series of novels on the prehistoric time by Jean Aurel called the Clan of the Cave Bear (several novels in the series). These paintings are marvelous examples of man's need to create, capture and record what he sees and experiences in life. The artistic drive is a human one, not a modern one.
    Another good one: http://www.lascaux.culture.fr/#/en/00.xml/index.html
    The cited image, with more info: http://www.visual-arts-cork.com/prehistoric/lascaux-cave-paintings.htm

    I filled in some suggested answers on the worksheet, but I suggest that you augment these rudimentary responses with information of your own, to add your own voice and personality. Please check the MLA citations, as I use APA for most of my own work.

    The Venus of Willendorf is located in the Naturhistorisches Museum in Vienna. She was also used in the novel series by Jean Aurel: Clan of the Cave Bear, and its subsequent novels in the series. She was the earth mother figure that Jondalar carried as his totem image of the Great Earth Mother. She is the archtypical mother figure - not the slim, young, nubile woman popular today, but a very well-fed and therefore rich or wealthy mature woman, prosperous in the world's goods, as only those who have good material provisions could be in that historical time. She has the ample hips, breasts and thighs that denote that she has the body fat to sustain a pregnancy and nurse young - a key component of fertility in that lean and hungry time. Women who do not have sufficient body fat to sustain pregnancy experience the loss of their monthly period, as the body tries to conserve resources. Body fat was a potent sign of fertitliy, which explains why this little fertility figure of the mother is so portly. She was a rich ...

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    Discussion and analysis of the aurochs painting in the Hall of the Bulls in Lescaux, France, and the Venus of Willendorf