The paintings were made early homo sapiens, using animal fat lamps to light the cave and scaffolding to reach the cave ceiling.The "paints" came from brown, reddish-brown, yellow, black and white minerals; and it appears they were mixed and heated to get the best shading.Marie-Anne Sire was named chief administrator of Lascaux Caves.A specialist in restoring medieval paintings in the exterior of churches, she presides over a 25-member team of biologists, conservationist, restorers, archaeologists and other specialists.The 17,000-year-old painting are rendered with great skill, incorporating the contours of the caves and displaying some of the first known use of perspective, a technique that was not rediscovered until the Golden Age of Greece, as well as shadowing, highlighting, stenciling, and Pointillism.
The only image of a human is a man with a bird mask with a large beak and a long, skinny erect penis.
Later still a 24 hour guard was placed at the entrance.
One of the four boys worked for many years as a guide to the caves.
Based on the hand prints left in the caves, the artists including males and females of all ages and even babies.
After Picasso visited the cave in the 1950s was he reportedly emerged and exclaimed: "We have invented nothing." Miró once said, "Painting has been in a state of decadence since the age of caves." The cave was discovered in 1940 during the Nazi occupation of France by four adolescent boys given flashlights by their schoolmaster who was told that caves in the areas might contain prehistoric paintings.