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The Art of Mesoamerica (World of Art) [Paperback]

Mary Ellen Miller
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September 10, 2012 9780500204146 978-0500204146 5

“An essential guide to the art and architecture of ancient Central America.” —Colonial Latin American Historical Review

Mary Ellen Miller evocatively surveys the artistic achievements of the high pre-Columbian civilizations—Olmec, Maya, Teotihuacan, Toltec, Aztec—as well as those of their less-well-known contemporaries. Their pyramids and palaces, jades and brightly colored paintings emerge from these pages as vividly as when they first astonished Cortes’s men in 1519. The fifth edition of this standard work incorporates new color images and extensive updates based on the latest research and discoveries. The revisions include a rewritten and extended chapter on Teotihuacan; up-todate analysis of the links between the Olmecs and the Maya; a discussion of new discoveries at the heart of the Aztec capital that continue to astound students of Mexico; and much more. 250 illustrations, 185 in color

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Mary Ellen Miller is the Vincent Scully Professor of the History of Art at Yale University. Her previous books include The Art of Mesoamerica.

Product Details

  • Series: World of Art
  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson; 5 edition (September 10, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780500204146
  • ISBN-13: 978-0500204146
  • ASIN: 0500204144
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.9 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #98,486 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3.0 out of 5 stars At times misleading: read sceptically April 19, 2014
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I was assigned an older edition of this text a decade ago in an intro course. I picked up this copy to see the updates that have been made. As someone who works on ancient American art, I am a little worried that uninitiated readers are getting Miller's opinion presented as fact. While she presents a thorough overview of the major civilizations, she doesn't spend enough time discussing the controversy surrounding major debates in the field. Instead, she hands down her ruling on these debates, while completely omitting the opinions of those who disagree with her. While there isn't a comparable introductory text book for Mesoamerican art specifically, I'd probably assign an alternate text instead, especially for introductory readers. Consider David Carrasco's "Mesoamerican Religions".
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Intro February 12, 2014
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I got this for an art history class. It is a great intro to the art of Mesoamerica with glossy full color photos. The size is convenient for throwing in a book bag to take to class.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great September 20, 2013
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Helps a lot to understand the subject. Highly recommend this book for all who are studying art history of MesoAmerica.
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