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The Spectacle of the Late Maya Court


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Table of Contents

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  • List of Tables
  • List of Illustrations
  • Preface, by Mary Miller
  • Chapter 1. Introduction
  • Chapter 2. Artistic Conception
    • Principles
    • Program
    • Planning and Execution
  • Chapter 3. The Story in the Murals
    • Sequence
    • Text and Image
    • Crowded Courts, Absent Kings
  • Chapter 4. Time, Motion, and Performance
    • Performing Victory in Room 2
    • The Performative Now in Room 1
    • Dance, Performance, and Death in Room 3
  • Chapter 5. Art and Politics
    • Art and Collapse
    • The Disintegrating Usumacinta
    • After the Fall
  • Chapter 6. Conclusion
  • Catalog
  • Bibliography
  • Index

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Lavishly produced with foldout images of a major new full-colour scale reconstruction of the Bonampak murals, as well as hundreds of photographs and infrared images, this landmark in book publishing is the most thorough and thought-provoking study of one of the masterpieces of New World art

About the Author

Mary Miller is Dean of Yale College and Sterling Professor of the History of Art at Yale University. One of the world's foremost experts on Maya art, she is the author of Art of Meosamerica and coauthor of Blood of Kings (with Linda Schele) and The Courtly Art of the Ancient Maya (with Simon Martin). In 2010 she delivered the 59th A. W. Mellon Lectures at the National Gallery of Art. Miller is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the recipient of many national awards and fellowships. Claudia Brittenham is Assistant Professor of Art History at the University of Chicago. She is a coauthor of Veiled Brightness: A History of Ancient Maya Color and the author of a forthcoming book on the murals of Cacaxtla, Mexico.


"This volume is the most comprehensive examination to date of one of the great artistic accomplishments in the pre-Columbian world [...] The book is lavishly illustrated, and the photographic record within in invaluable. The latter part of the book consists of an extensive catalogue of color and infrared images as well as large-scale color reproductions of the reconstruction paintings, presented as inserts. Summing up: highly recommended." - CHOICE

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