The Art of Mesoamerica: From Olmec to Aztec

The Art of Mesoamerica: From Olmec to Aztec

by Mary Ellen Miller

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Mary Ellen Miller’s rich visual and scholarly survey of pre-Hispanic art and architecture, including the most recent archaeological finds.

Expanded and revised in its sixth edition, The Art of Mesoamerica surveys the artistic achievements of the high pre-Hispanic civilizations of Central America—Olmec, Maya, Teotihuacan, Toltec, and Aztec—as well as those of their lesser-known contemporaries.

Providing an in-depth examination of central works, this book guides readers through the most iconic palaces, pyramids, sculptures, and paintings. From the Olmec colossal head 5 recovered from San Lorenzo to the Aztec calendar stone found in Mexico City’s Zocalo in 1790, this book reveals the complexity and innovation behind the art and architecture produced in pre-Hispanic civilizations.

This new edition incorporates fifty new lavish color images and extensive updates based on the latest research and dozens of recent discoveries, particularly in Maya art, where excavations at Teotihuacan, the largest city of Mesoamerica, and Tenochtitlan, the capital of the Aztecs, have yielded new sculptures.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780500204504
Publisher: Thames & Hudson
Publication date: 06/11/2019
Series: World of Art Series
Edition description: Sixth Edition
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 147,705
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Mary Ellen Miller is the Sterling Professor of the History of Art at Yale University and in 2019 will become director of the Getty Research Institute.

Table of Contents

Map 6

Preface 8

Chapter 1 Introduction 11

Chapter 2 The Olmecs: Establishing Mesoamerican foundations 24

Chapter 3 Late Formative: A diverse Mesoamerica comes of age 52

Chapter 4 Teotihuacan: City of fire, city of water 82

Chapter 5 Classic cities from coast to coast 108

Chapter 6 The rise of Classic Maya cities 129

Chapter 7 Late Classic: Maya cities at their height 153

Chapter 8 Mesoamerica after the fall of Classic cities 199

Chapter 9 The Aztecs: A new world found 238

Chronological table 278

Select bibliography 279

Illustration credits 288

Index 291

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