Maya Art and Architecture

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Mary Miller vividly takes the reader into the art of one of the world's most enigmatic ancient civilizations. From temple to tomb, she explains how and why the Maya made their greatest works and how the modern-day viewer might come to understand them. New archaeological discoveries at Copan, Tikal, and Palenque are all included, and the author draws on recent decipherments in Maya writing to provide new interpretations of Maya sculpture and ceramics.
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Overview

Mary Miller vividly takes the reader into the art of one of the world's most enigmatic ancient civilizations. From temple to tomb, she explains how and why the Maya made their greatest works and how the modern-day viewer might come to understand them. New archaeological discoveries at Copan, Tikal, and Palenque are all included, and the author draws on recent decipherments in Maya writing to provide new interpretations of Maya sculpture and ceramics.
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Library Journal
"The ancient Maya have left an incomparable wealth, and this book attempts to frame ways to see this remarkable trove," explains Miller (art history, Yale), who takes an innovative approach to her subject by asking some fundamental art-historical questions. Addressing more the "whats" than the "whys," she seeks to organize Maya art afresh, in a way that will benefit students and those with a general interest in the subject. She also details new archaeological discoveries in Copan, Tikal, and Palenque, as well as recent decipherments of Maya writing. Part of the "World of Art" series, which provides the widest available range of books on art in all its aspects, this high-quality, illustrated, indexed, and inexpensive trade paperback is recommended for public and academic libraries, and specialized collections.--Sylvia Andrews, Indiana State Lib., Indianapolis Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
School Library Journal
YA-Three excellent series titles. Contemporary African Art emphasizes the changes in the art of this continent in the last half of the 20th century. Maya Art examines the reasons behind the artwork and ways the buildings were constructed, incorporating new archaeological findings. They include recent deciphers of Mayan writing that provide understanding to the ceramics, sculpture, architecture, murals, and books. Amazingly, op art and pop art have become almost traditional. With chapters on performance art (Rauschenberg), video, digital, and virtual reality, New Media truly introduces the new wave. The paper in these compact books is of high quality, resulting in outstanding, almost platelike reproduction of the numerous color and black-and-white photos. The illustrations are fully captioned and they alone could justify purchase of these titles.-Claudia Moore, W. T. Woodson High School, Fairfax, VA Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780500203279
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson
  • Publication date: 11/28/1999
  • Series: World of Art
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 836,553
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Mary Ellen Miller is the Vincent Scully Professor of the History of Art at Yale University. Her previous books include The Art of Mesoamerica.

Megan O’Neil is Assistant Professor of Art History at Barnard College.

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Table of Contents

Preface 6
Ch. 1 Introduction 8
Ch. 2 Maya Architecture 22
Ch. 3 The Materials of Maya Art 72
Ch. 4 Early Classic Sculpture 88
Ch. 5 Late Classic Sculpture 104
Ch. 6 Sculpture of the North: the Art of Yucatan and Chichen Itza 136
Ch. 7 The Human Form 150
Ch. 8 Maya Murals and Books 168
Ch. 9 Maya Ceramics 190
Ch. 10 A World of Hand-held Objects 216
Chronological Table 232
Select Bibliography 233
List of Illustrations 235
Index 238
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