El mundo del arte en San Agustin

Overview

Richly illustrated, this volume delves into the heart of the archaeological area of San Agustín and the Colombian Massif, revealing the largest collection of megalithic sculptures of pre-Hispanic South America. Detailing the mystery that has surrounded the artifacts’ content and language, the study claims that the keys to understanding the art of the Massif are in the statuary itself, that its artistic qualities must be investigated rather than its mythic or religious significance. The examination contends ...

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Overview

Richly illustrated, this volume delves into the heart of the archaeological area of San Agustín and the Colombian Massif, revealing the largest collection of megalithic sculptures of pre-Hispanic South America. Detailing the mystery that has surrounded the artifacts’ content and language, the study claims that the keys to understanding the art of the Massif are in the statuary itself, that its artistic qualities must be investigated rather than its mythic or religious significance. The examination contends that the meanings of these works are literally written in stone, offering several new interpretations regarding their origins. Capturing countless vestiges of roads, fields of cultivation, houses, tombs, and nearly 500 statues, reliefs, and rock carvings, this reference documents a collection that has intrigued researchers from the very first moments of its discovery.

 

Ricamente ilustrado, este libro se adentra en el corazón de la zona arqueológica de San Agustín y del Macizo Colombiano, revelando la colección más grande de esculturas megalíticas de la América del Sur prehispánica. Detallando el misterio que ha rodeado el contenido y el lenguaje de los artefactos, el estudio afirma que las claves para entender el arte del Macizo se encuentran en las esculturas mismas, que sus cualidades artísticas deben ser investigadas en vez de las míticas o religiosas. El examen sostiene que los significados de estas obras están literalmente escritos en piedra, ofreciendo varias interpretaciones nuevas sobre sus orígenes. Capturando vestigios de un sinnúmero de caminos, campos de cultivo, casas, tumbas y casi 500 estatuas, relieves y grabados de piedra, estos documentos hacen referencia a una colección que ha intrigado a los investigadores desde los primeros momentos de su descubrimiento.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789588306704
  • Publisher: Villegas Editores
  • Publication date: 4/1/2012
  • Language: Spanish
  • Series: Arqueologia Series
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 9.40 (w) x 11.60 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Efraín Sánchez is a sociologist, a professor of art history, and a certified member of the Colombian Academy of History. He is the translator of Rainforest Shamans.

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