Academic journal article Rock Art Research

Cave Art Facsimiles

Academic journal article Rock Art Research

Cave Art Facsimiles

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The Atelier des Fac-Similés du Périgord is a company specialising in reproductions of decorated pre-Historic cave walls. It is based in Montignac-Lascaux, in the Périgord region of France.

Its reproductions of cave walls are made with the utmost precision, mirroring the caves' real contours, surface finish and speleothem decoration. The producers combine the latest technologies, including laser scans, digital photos and data processing, using patented materials and the input of highly skilled artists, painters, sculptors, visual artists and specialist technicians (Fig. 1). The Atelier's work is both scientific and artistic and has now been exhibited in some of the world's best museums, garnering worldwide acclaim as part of the travelling International Exhibition Lascaux.

The Atelier boasts considerable production and development capacity, with a floor space of 4000 m2 including painting, modelling, resin casting and mechanical construction studios, a 'colours and testing' laboratory, a photography space, a model room, a showroom measuring 100 m2 and several storage areas.

AFSP grew out of the reproductions of the Lascaux cave, a world-renowned cave art site located in the heart of the Périgord region. Today, the company aims to share its outstanding expertise with any kind of reproduction projects at other caves worldwide, for which reproducing their pre-Historic paintings would represent safeguarding valuable local heritage from the deterioration caused by public visitation. Facsimiles allow the public continued access to cave art produced by our distant ancestors, and thus fulfils the human desire to investigate the origins of our humanity.

The Atelier's most prestigious work in progress, which it began in 2012, is the Montignac Lascaux International Centre for Parietal Art. …

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