Art treasures of ancient Mexico: journey to the land of the gods
Felipe R. Solís Olguín, Ted J. J. Leyenaar, Beatriz de la Fuente, Michel Zabé, Nieuwe Kerk (Amsterdam, Netherlands)
De Nieuwe Kerk, 2002 - Art - 288 pages
The art of Pre-Columbian Mexico stretches across 5000 years and encompasses the traditions of numerous cultures including the Olmecs, Maya and Aztecs.Addressing the Olmec period through to the Aztecs (a span of over 2500 years), Mexico: Journey to the Land of the Gods is an exploration into the civilisations of Mesoamerica through an examination of over 250 magnificent art objects. Specific themes such as daily life, the underworld of the gods, funerary rites, religion and ritual and the role of animals and plants in the cultural life of the region are discussed, so providing an insightful view into some of the most fascinating societies history has ever seen.Published to coincide with a major exhibition at Amsterdam's Nieuwe Kerk, which will travel to the State Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg, this book offers a unique opportunity to record one of the most exciting shows on Mesoamerican art in recent years. The authoritative text is supported by stunning reproductions of artefacts drawn from key ethnographical collections in Mexico. Together these elements help create a story of a civilisation in which we can recognise the enduring quests and questions of humankind.
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This book is published to coincide with a major exhibition just wrapping up at Amsterdam's Nieuwe Kerk that will travel to the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia. The exhibit is part of an effort to introduce people in Europe to New World treasures. This volume differs from other Pre-Columbian art books in the objects covered and the insightful text. Over 250 magnificent art objects from key ethnographic collections in Mexico are explored. Art techniques and styles are discussed, as are artistic inspiration and organization of the artistic community. The authors, all experts in the field, offer many fascinating insights into the personal lives and thoughts of the artists and the society. As the title implies, a journey to ancient Mexico is a journey to the world of the gods; the world was a theater for the gods, and people shared in the drama of the universe. The book includes 250 color illustrations, a map showing the sites, and a wonderful catalog of the exhibit arranged by subject. Recommended for large public, academic, and special libraries. Sylvia Andrews, Indiana State Lib., Indianapolis ...
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