Rock Art Made in Translation


Art History

Featuring rock art reproductions made by the great German ethnologist Leo Frobenius on his visits to South Africa and Zimbabwe in the 1930s, this collection offers a fascinating look into the past. This account depicts these beautiful museum pieces—some measuring several yards in length—while also considering the issue of copying, or "translating," and its implications of understanding the original. Published to coincide with the copies' first display in the South African Museum after more than 70 years of neglect, this book will certainly engage those interested in the prehistoric roots of art.


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Pippa Skotnes is a professor of fine art and the director of the Center for Curating the Archive at the University of Cape Town. She is the author of Claim to the Country and Unconquerable Spirit.

General Fields

  • : 9781431400805
  • : Independent Publishers Group
  • : Jacana Media
  • : January 2011
  • : 250mm x 210mm
  • : May 2012
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Paperback
  • : AB