- Series: World of Art
- Paperback: 240 pages
- Publisher: Thames and Hudson; First Edition edition (December 31, 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 050020327X
- ISBN-13: 978-0500203279
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 8.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,270,760 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Maya Art and Architecture (World of Art) First Edition Edition
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From Library Journal
"The ancient Maya have left an incomparable wealth, and this book attempts to frame ways to see this remarkable trove," explains Miller (art history, Yale), who takes an innovative approach to her subject by asking some fundamental art-historical questions. Addressing more the "whats" than the "whys," she seeks to organize Maya art afresh, in a way that will benefit students and those with a general interest in the subject. She also details new archaeological discoveries in Copan, Tikal, and Palenque, as well as recent decipherments of Maya writing. Part of the "World of Art" series, which provides the widest available range of books on art in all its aspects, this high-quality, illustrated, indexed, and inexpensive trade paperback is recommended for public and academic libraries, and specialized collections.
-Sylvia Andrews, Indiana State Lib., Indianapolis
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.
About the Author
Mary Ellen Miller is the Vincent Scully Professor of the History of Art at Yale University. Her previous books include The Art of Mesoamerica.
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Top Customer Reviews
The book is also a tactile pleasure to hold: beautiful paper, wonderful color repro, and comfortable size. Coffee table books are fine, but the relatively small size of this book makes it easy to carry around. But that's Thames and Hudson for you.
If I have any criticism, it's that a few of the pictures are small, and the detail she writes about is hard to see without a more focused guide to the picture. But that aside, this book is tops.
First off, the book is what some might call a "wall of text," a term professional writers use to describe informative writing that is presented in such a way as to form a barrier to the reader rather than a useable text. There are no bullet points, no breaks between paragraphs and no bold headings to section off changes in topic. This made it impossible for me to look up something specific in class. I couldn't open my book and simply find the information on, say, Palenque. One would either have to recognize the specific artifacts found in Palenque and rifle through the pages looking for pictures of the artifacts, or thet would have to read through the entire wall of text on the Maya until finding the passage on Palenque.
Another huge issue I have with the book is the authir's narrow-mindedness. She doesn't present the multitude of theories that exist surrounding various issues or questions regarding Mesoamerican history; she merely informs you of her opinion, which she hastily argues is correct without providing evidence, and writes as if individuals with other theories are not worth mentioning. Well, my professor had other theories AND could back them up with evidence, and taught the class to be able to do the same. If
The book is a good primer for those who had an education in Art History (two semesters) but know little about the Maya except the lecture of their sacred book Popol Vuh, and a few photos of their pyramids. I recommend this book as well as a week on the Maya Riviera in Mexico.