What forces impelled our ancient ancestors to invent painting and sculpture? How has that creative impulse evolved over the millennia? Can we still detect the influence of the cave painter and the primitive sculptor in today’s artistic landscape? This five-part series explores the human capacity to produce—and to appreciate—artistic symbols, expressions, and narratives. Presented by acclaimed art historian and University of Cambridge lecturer Dr. Nigel Spivey, the series incorporates stunning video footage and state-of-the-art digital reconstructions as it spans 100,000 years and five continents—all in a quest to understand what is, arguably, humankind’s greatest innovation.