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Maya Art and Architecture (World of Art)

Mary Ellen Miller, Megan E. O’Neil


The definitive guide to the art and architecture of one of the world’s most enigmatic civilizations

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Renowned expert Mary Miller and co-author Megan E. O’Neil explain how and why the ancient Maya created the paintings, sculpture and monuments that intrigue and compel people the world over. Rewritten from cover to cover and updated with discoveries and new theories from the past decade and a half, this classic survey is now illustrated in colour throughout.

With an array of new material, from recent finds that include the La Corona panels and beautiful wall paintings at San Bartolo and Calakmul, to new studies of the monuments at Palenque, Tikal and elsewhere, this second edition will be essential reading for students and scholars – and for travellers to the cities of this mysterious civilization.

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'An eloquently written, beautifully illustrated, and completely up-to-date guide to the glories produced by ancient Maya artists, scribes, and architects'
Michael D. Coe, author of The Maya

'A milestone in the dissemination of knowledge about Maya art'
Andrea Stone, co-author of Reading Maya Art

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Book Details

Format: Paperback

Edition Type: Second edition

Size: 21.0 x 15.0 cm

Extent: 256 pp

Illustrations: 254

Publication date: 7 July 2014

ISBN: 9780500204221

Contents List

Preface • 1. Discovering Maya Art; 2. Precious and Plain: The Materials of Maya Art and Architecture • 3. People of Maize: The Human Form in Maya Art • 4. Building the Maya World • 5. Makers and Modelers: Developing Sculptural Style • 6. Maya Sculpture of the Palace and Court • 7. Sculpture of the North: The Art of Yucatán and Chichén Itzá • 8. From the Hand of the Scribe: Painted Vessels in Maya Art • 9. The Splendor of Colours: The Art of Murals and Books • 10. A Modern World of Maya Art

About the Author

Mary Ellen Miller is former Dean of Yale College, and now directs the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles. Her book with Linda Schele, The Blood of Kings, is considered a landmark in Maya studies.

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