Art of MesoAmerica

World of Art

The Art of Mesoamerica

From Olmec to Aztec

  1. Mary Ellen Miller
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  • ISBN 9780500204146
  • 21.00 x 15.00 cm
  • Paperback
  • 288pp
  • 250 Illustrations, 185 in colour
  • First published 2012
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‘An expert’s account … accompanied by superb illustrations ’ – The Times Literary Supplement

Fifth edition

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.

Mary Ellen Miller is Sterling Professor of the History of Art and Dean of Yale College. Dean Miller has worked extensively in Central America, particularly Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, and Honduras, where she has carried out research in Maya art, architecture, and culture. She has written many articles on Mesoamerican art for learned journals, and her book with Linda Schele, The Blood of Kings, is considered a landmark in Maya studies. She is also the author of Maya Art and Architecture and, with Karl Taube, The Gods and Symbols of Ancient Mexico and the Maya.