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Red horses

  • Red horses. Museo Nacional y Centro de Investigación de Altamira © Pedro Saura

    Red horses. Museo Nacional y Centro de Investigación de Altamira © Pedro Saura





22000 BP

Cultural background


Original title

Caballos rojos
Altamira National Museum and Research Centre
Santillana del Mar

The image shows part of the ancient art of Altamira: silhouettes twisted or filled in with red ink.

The ink they used is made of mineral ochre dissolved in water. Because it is extremely simple and fragile, it impossible to let so many people get near to contemplate it if we want to preserve it.

The people used to paint right inside dark parts of the cave, and the paintings reflected their thoughts, their way of understanding and representing the fleeting nature of their world.

Details of the work

Altamira caves

Mural painting


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