Expanded and revised in its sixth edition, The Art of Mesoamerica surveys the artistic achievements of the high pre-Hispanic civilizations of Central AmericaOlmec, Maya, Teotihuacan, Toltec, and Aztecas 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.
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Table of Contents
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