The Dawn of Art: A Virtual Journey Inside Chauvet Cave

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Explore the Chauvet Cave 36,000 years ago, with Daisy Ridley’s voice as your guide. It’s in the Ardèche gorges, in the south of France, that our ancestors drew humanity’s first masterpieces, giving life to their beliefs. Maybe you will also meet the cave bear…

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The Chauvet Cave in Ardèche, France, hosts some of the oldest cave drawings in the world. The cave has been sealed off to the public since its discovery in 1994, to prevent damage to the millenia old artworks.

The Syndicat mixte de l’Espace de restitution de la grotte Chauvet (SMERGC) and Google Arts & Culture partnered to digitally preserve this ancestral treasure and to give everyone an immersive access to the cave. Together we bridge 36.000 years of human history by joining state of the art technology and some of the oldest cave paintings left behind by our ancestors.


Discover the inspirational moments, iconic people, and artistic wonders that are available at the tip of your fingers. Google Arts & Culture allows you to immerse yourself in culture with 360 views, zoom in to reveal the secrets of a masterpiece, take behind the scenes tours of palaces and museums, watch kids explain famous paintings to art experts, and so much more. Art changes the way we see the world and the way we see each other, so we invite you to come and expand your horizons with us.

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Pi Ter says:

who's the narrator?

R Nedlo says:

We the simple people
Marvel at the artist hand
How she uses language and
Topography of the land
Stroked upon canvas
He tells of many things
Emotions, waves and mountains
The glory of kings
How we love our writer's words
And lavish in their wake
We stand in awe of
A sculptor's form
Of existing things
. . . . . . . . .
Artist Hand, by GG Beck

Peter Rees says:

The dawn of art IN EUROPE. There is older art work in Indonesia and elsewhere but once again European Cultural imperialism asserts itself.

Abhilash Venkatesh says:

This is the first time I'm watching a 3D video on YouTube. This video literally gave me goosebumps and I almost teared up! Some super splendid 3D animation and VR design by the creators! This NEEDS to be viewed more!

Tom Collins says:

"Before the Fall, they wrote it on the wall…" People today probably can't even imagine how beautiful the world was back then.

tdog1million says:

Sooo cool. Are there others ones like this?

c robinson says:

This was tight , mInd blowing to say the least !! ( prehistoric history is one of my favs )

Morn Ly says:

Why do I see a double layer of the same thing? Is this intentional or is there something wrong with my phone!?

Kathleen says:

Fucking stupid!!! Thought this was a 360 tour of the cave but instead got some over produced and narration of what someone else is seeing. I just wanted to see what was advertised. Waist of my time.

Tribalism blinds them, but not you, right? says:

Is there a version without music, people camping, special effects etc? Can I see and explore the cave in 4k without that? I would like to get really close to the drawings, virtually.

Ian Mckee says:

What a load of rubbishy artistic filming and attempted spooky music. Told me nothing. Animators wet dream. Could be anywhere. Nothing to do with the real caves.

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