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The Art of Mesoamerica

From Olmec to Aztec

Mary Ellen Miller

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With many new illustrations and analysis of recent discoveries this book is an ideal companion for the art historian, student and traveller.


A vivid, evocative and authoritative survey of the art and architecture of the high Precolumbian civilizations – Olmec, Maya, Teotihuacan, Toltec, Aztec – and their less well-known contemporaries

This expanded and fully revised fifth edition of Mary Ellen Miller’s classic book features a completely new chapter on Teotihuacan discussing the rulership and ethnicity of that powerful yet enigmatic city.

Exciting new discoveries and ongoing research help clarify the links between the Olmecs and the Maya, while newly revealed paintings at Calakmul show Maya artists to have been both masters of convention and ready innovators. Vital new finds at the heart of the Aztec capital are still astounding students of Mexico, even as works from the Early Colonial period continue to reveal the complexity of the first decades under Spanish rule. With many new illustrations and analysis of recent discoveries, The Art of Mesoamerica remains an ideal companion for the art historian, student and traveller.

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'An expert’s account … accompanied by superb illustrations'
The Times Literary Supplement

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Book Details

Format: Paperback

Edition Type: Fifth edition

Size: 21.0 x 15.0 cm

Extent: 288 pp

Illustrations: 250

Publication date: 13 August 2012

ISBN: 9780500204146

Contents List

Introduction • The Olmecs • The Late Formative • Teotihuacan • Classic Monte Albàn, Veracruz and Cotzumalhuapa • The Early Classic Maya • The Late Classic Maya • Mesoamerica after the fall of classic cities • The Aztecs

About the Author

Mary Ellen Miller is an American art historian and Dean of Yale College. In 2008, she was appointed as Sterling Professor at Yale. She has served as the Chair of the History of Art, Latin American Studies, and Archaeological Studies Departments at Yale, as well as Director of Undergraduate Studies of the History of Art. She has written many articles on Mesoamerican art, and her book with Linda Schele, The Blood of Kings, is considered a landmark in Maya studies. She is also the author, with Karl Taube, of The Gods and Symbols of Ancient Mexico and the Maya.

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