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Prehistorian specialising in cave art

Gilles Tosello holds a degree in graphic art and a PhD in Prehistory. Gilles Tosello's research relates to palaeolithic art (his PhD thesis from the University of Paris was published in 2003). He works in the two major decorated caves in the Pyrenees: Le Tuc d’Audoubert and Marsoulas (14 to 15,000 years old). Gilles Tosello is especially interested in the formal and stylistic analysis of Palaeolithic art. By gathering formal data, and establishing the geographical and chronological layout, he defines the human geography of the late European Palaeolithic. In his workshop in Toulouse, as an artist and prehistorian, he is painting the famous horse panel covering 44 m2 with charcoal, consisting of 50 figures, and the large lion fresco (70 m2).

He has been a member of the scientific team since it was set up in 1998, and takes part in the research on cave art. Together with Carole Fritz, he has worked in the Cactus Gallery, the Red Panel Gallery, where they took over from Norbert Aujoulat, and then in the horse sector in the Hillaire Chamber. His current research is oriented around analysing the walls in the Skull Chamber.


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