Synopses & Reviews
From temple to tomb, she explains how and why the Maya made their greatest works. New archaeological discoveries at Copan, Tikal, and Palenque--to name but a few--are included, and the author draws on recent decipherments in Maya writing to provide fresh interpretations of Maya sculpture and ceramics. For the art historian, student, and traveler, Maya Art and Architecture will prove indispensable. Chapters on Maya architecture and the materials of Maya art set the stage for discussions of the sculpture of different time periods and regions, the famous murals at Bonampak, the dramatic new findings at Cacaxtla, and the painted Maya ceramics of the first millennium a.d. The author has organized the material in new ways, considering the nature of the human form in Maya art, for example, and the role of the hand-held object.
Mary Miller vividly takes the reader into the art of one of the world's most enigmatic ancient civilizations.
Part of the WORLD OF ART series, this is a practical guide to understanding the artistic development of the Americas' ancient past. From temple to tomb, Mary Miller explains how and why the Maya made their greatest works and how modern viewers might understand them, and also discusses the sculpture of different time periods and regions..
Includes bibliographical references (p. 233-234) and index.
About 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.