Veiled Brightness

A History of Ancient Maya Color

Author: Stephen Houston,Claudia Brittenham,Cassandra Mesick,Alexandre Tokovinine,Christina Warinner

Publisher: University of Texas Press

ISBN: 9780292719002

Category: Social Science

Page: 162

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Color is an integral part of human experience, so common as to be overlooked or treated as unimportant. Yet color is both unavoidable and varied. Each culture classifies, understands, and uses it in different and often surprising ways, posing particular challenges to those who study color from long-ago times and places far distant. Veiled Brightness reconstructs what color meant to the ancient Maya, a set of linked peoples and societies who flourished in and around the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico and Central America. By using insights from archaeology, linguistics, art history, and conservation, the book charts over two millennia of color use in a region celebrated for its aesthetic refinement and high degree of craftsmanship. The authors open with a survey of approaches to color perception, looking at Aristotelian color theory, recent discoveries in neurophysiology, and anthropological research on color. Maya color terminology receives new attention here, clarifying not just basic color terms, but also the extensional or associated meanings that enriched ancient Maya perception of color. The materials and technologies of Maya color production are assembled in one place as never before, providing an invaluable reference for future research. From these investigations, the authors demonstrate that Maya use of color changed over time, through a sequence of historical and artistic developments that drove the elaboration of new pigments and coloristic effects. These findings open fresh avenues for investigation of ancient Maya aesthetics and worldview and provide a model for how to study the meaning and making of color in other ancient civilizations.

The Spectacle of the Late Maya Court

Reflections on the Murals of Bonampak

Author: Mary Miller,Claudia Brittenham

Publisher: University of Texas Press

ISBN: 9780292744363

Category: Art

Page: 285

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Located within the deep tropical rainforest of Chiapas, Mexico, the Maya site of Bonampak is home to the most complete and magnificent mural program of the ancient Americas. In three rooms, a pageant of rulership opens up, scene by scene, like pages of an ancient Maya book. Painted c. AD 800, the murals of Bonampak reveal a complex and multifaceted view of the ancient Maya at the end of their splendor during the last days of the Classic era. Members of the royal court engage in rituals and perform human sacrifice, dance in extravagant costumes and strip the clothing from fallen captives, acknowledge foreign nobles, and receive abundant tribute. The murals are a powerful and sophisticated reflection on the spectacle of courtly life and the nature of artistic practice, a window onto a world that could not know its doomed future. This major new study of the paintings of Bonampak incorporates insights from decades of art historical, epigraphic, and technical investigation of the murals, framing questions about artistic conception, facture, narrative, performance, and politics. Lavishly illustrated, this book assembles thorough documentation of the Bonampak mural program, from historical photographs of the paintings—some never before published—to new full-color reconstructions by artist Heather Hurst, recipient of a MacArthur award, and Leonard Ashby. The book also includes a catalog of photographs, infrared images, and line drawings of the murals, as well as images of all the glyphic texts, which are published in their entirety for the first time. Written in an engaging style that invites both specialists and general readers alike, this book will stand as the definitive presentation of the paintings for years to come.

Coyote V. Acme

Author: Ian Frazier

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

ISBN: 1466828757

Category: Humor

Page: 128

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Twenty-two humorous essays on topics ranging from Joseph Stalin's theories of revolutionary stand-up comedy, to a commencement address given by a Satanist college President, to the opening statement of an attorney representing Wile E. Coyote in a product liability suit against the Acme company, supplier of unpredictable rocket sleds and faulty spring-powered shoes.

Constructing Power and Place in Mesoamerica

Pre-Hispanic Paintings from Three Regions

Author: Merideth Paxton,Leticia Staines Cicero

Publisher: University of New Mexico Press

ISBN: 0826359078

Category: Art

Page: 256

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Identities of power and place, as expressed in paintings from the periods before and after the Spanish conquest of Mesoamerica, are the subject of this book of case studies from Central Mexico, Oaxaca, and the Maya area. These sophisticated, skillfully rendered images occur with architecture, in manuscripts, on large pieces of cloth, and on ceramics.

Place and Identity in Classic Maya Narratives

Author: Alexandre Tokovinine

Publisher: Dumbarton Oaks Pub Service

ISBN: 9780884023920

Category: History

Page: 171

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By examining the connections between place and identity in the Classic Maya culture that thrived in the Yucatan peninsula and parts of Guatemala, Belize, and Honduras from 350 to 900 CE, Alexandre Tokovinine addresses one of the crucial research questions in anthropology: How do human communities define themselves in relation to landscapes?

Invest to Win: Earn & Keep Profits in Bull & Bear Markets with the GainsMaster Approach

Author: Toni Turner,Gordon Scott

Publisher: McGraw Hill Professional

ISBN: 0071798382

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 240

View: 4099

Offers advice on managing investments in both uptrending and downtrending markets, revealing how to evaluate company financial reports, recognize signals that foretell shifts in the market, and exit investments at the right time.

Georgian Geographies

Essays on Space, Place and Landscape in the Eighteenth Century

Author: Miles Ogborn,Charles W. J. Withers

Publisher: Manchester University Press

ISBN: 9780719065101

Category: Art

Page: 220

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This text provides an interdisciplinary examination of the geographical nature of culture and society in 18th-century Britain and the British world. The book's introduction identifies the key areas of study as the geographical constitution of empire, the Enlightenment and the public sphere. These themes are explored by examining the connections between space, place and landscape in the 18th century in relation to the emergent empire in the Caribbean and north-west America, and Britain itself. Under consideration are topics such as landscape art, London's art world, geography books, mapping, the geography of erotic fiction, provincial science and the production of domestic space in the early English novel. This collection offers substantial empirical evidence and should be a valuable contribution to 18th-century studies for research and teaching staff, postgraduates and advanced undergraduate students in geography, history, literary studies, the history of art, postcolonial studies and the history of science.

The Devil's Cloth

A History of Stripes

Author: Michel Pastoureau

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9780743453264

Category: History

Page: 144

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A French scholar and author of Blue: The History of a Color presents a witty cultural and social history of stripes, from the medieval prejudice against stripes to the present day, looking at the frequently negative attitude and connotations of stripes. Reprint.

Ancient Maya Art at Dumbarton Oaks

Author: Joanne Pillsbury

Publisher: Dumbarton Oaks Pub Service

ISBN: 9780884023753

Category: Art

Page: 556

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This introduction to Maya art is based on study of one of the most important collections in the United States, assembled by Robert Woods Bliss between 1935 and 1962. The catalogue, written by leading Maya scholars, contains detailed analyses of specific works of art along with thematic essays situating them within the context of Maya culture.

Bonfire of Roadmaps

Author: Joe Ely

Publisher: University of Texas Press

ISBN: 0292782152

Category: Music

Page: 196

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Since he first hitched a ride out of Lubbock, Texas, at the age of sixteen, singer-songwriter and Flatlanders band member Joe Ely has been a road warrior, traveling highways and back roads across America and Europe, playing music for "2 hours of ecstasy" out of "22 hours of misery." To stay sane on the road, Ely keeps a journal, penning verses that sometimes morph into songs, and other times remain "snapshots of what was flying by, just out of reach, so to savor at a later date when the wheels stop rolling, and the gears quit grinding, and the engines shut down." In Bonfire of Roadmaps, Ely takes readers on the road with him. Using verse passages from his road journals and his own drawings, Ely authentically re-creates the experience of a musician's life on tour, from the hard goodbyes at home, to the long hours on the road, to the exhilaration of a great live show, to the exhaustion after weeks of touring. Ely's road trips begin as he rides the rails to Manhattan in 1972 and continue up through recent concert tours with fellow Flatlanders Jimmie Dale Gilmore and Butch Hancock. While acknowledging that "it is not the nature of a gypsy to look in the rearview mirror," Joe Ely nevertheless offers his many fans a revelatory look back over the roads he's traveled and the wisdom he's won from his experiences. And for "those who want to venture beyond the horizon just to see what is there... to those, I hope these accounts will give a glint of inspiration..."

Remarks on Colour/Bemerkungen Uber Die Farben

Author: Ludwig Wittgenstein

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 9780520251793

Category: Philosophy

Page: 126

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This book comprises material on colour which was written by Wittgenstein in the last eighteen months of his life. It is one of the few documents which shows him concentratedly at work on a single philosophical issue. The principal theme is the features of different colours, of different kinds of colour (metallic colour, the colours of flames, etc.) and of luminosity--a theme which Wittgenstein treats in such a way as to destroy the traditional idea that colour is a simple and logically uniform kind of thing. This edition consists of Wittgenstein's basic German text, together with an English translation.

Michael Moore

A Biography

Author: Emily Schultz

Publisher: ECW Press

ISBN: 1550226991

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 245

View: 6112

Annotation Michael Moore's full life story, from shy Eagle Scout to the most vocal critic of the Bush Presidency, is told in this biography. Sorting truth from lies while providing in-depth research and interviews, this book presents both the passionate and cranky sides of this best-selling author and Academy award-winning filmmaker. Readers will learn about one of Moore's first public performances, in which he ran for the local school board as a high school student so he could fire his principle, the first step in his rise to pop cultural recognition. With information never before revealed, this biography includes insights into Moore's mysterious and disastrous jump from local muckraker to editor of "Mother Jones and then proceeds to the runaway success of his first film, "Roger & Me. This incisive account lets readers see beyond the myths and presents one of the most visable public figures of our age.

Two Reckless Hearts

Author: Holly Cortelyou

Publisher: Holly Cortelyou



Page: 168

View: 9819

Five sultry nights. Two reckless hearts. One family wedding. What could go wrong? He’s a temptation she can’t risk… Jami Barrett is fed up. First, she’s jilted by her fiancé, then she’s expected to endure her sister’s crazy Caribbean wedding. Now, her arch rival has crashed the party! But Beck Kavanagh is more than just the black-hearted foe set to ruin the family’s business and her chance to win her father’s trust, he’s the groom’s brother. To make matters worse, she can’t stop daydreaming about Beck’s laughing gray eyes and his surprisingly soft heart. With a make-or-break deal and her loyalty in the balance, Jami’s feeling the pressure…and the heat of her hidden desire. Beck Kavanagh has no time for sarcastic, competitive women, especially one who’s his real estate adversary and newest in-law. Jami’s out for his blood, and all he wants is to keep the peace. Yet, her sharp wit and delicious curves make him yearn for a midnight, tropical tryst. When a wacky treasure hunt goes haywire and Jami tumbles into his arms, Beck knows he’s met his match and found his one true love. One beach resort. Two ambitious rivals. Will steamy island nights tempt enemies to become lovers? “…such a good read that I would rate it ten stars if I could.” -- 5 Stars by Aquamarine1951 on Amazon “Holly Cortelyou never lets you down, with laugh out loud parts and of course romance with a capital R.” -- 5 Stars by Elaine C on Amazon Fans of Jill Shalvis and Susan Mallery will swoon for this sassy and sexy romp to love. Escape into the Barrett Ridge romances and lose yourself in heart-melting happy-ever-afters!

Bright Earth

Art and the Invention of Color

Author: Philip Ball

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 9780226036281

Category: Art

Page: 382

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From Egyptian wall paintings to the Venetian Renaissance, impressionism to digital images, Philip Ball tells the fascinating story of how art, chemistry, and technology have interacted throughout the ages to render the gorgeous hues we admire on our walls and in our museums. Finalist for the 2002 National Book Critics Circle Award.

Aztec Archaeology and Ethnohistory

Author: Frances F. Berdan

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 0521881277

Category: History

Page: 366

View: 4281

This book provides an up-to-date synthesis of Aztec culture, encompassing topics of history, economy, social life, political relations, and religious beliefs and ceremonies. It offers an integrated view of Aztec life, grappling with thorny issues such as human sacrifice and the controversial role of up-and-coming merchants. The book meshes data, methods, and theories from a variety of disciplines including archaeology, ethnohistory, ethnography, and art history.

The Jaguar Within

Shamanic Trance in Ancient Central and South American Art

Author: Rebecca R. Stone

Publisher: University of Texas Press

ISBN: 0292749503

Category: Social Science

Page: 243

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Shamanism—the practice of entering a trance state to experience visions of a reality beyond the ordinary and to gain esoteric knowledge—has been an important part of life for indigenous societies throughout the Americas from prehistoric times until the present. Much has been written about shamanism in both scholarly and popular literature, but few authors have linked it to another significant visual realm—art. In this pioneering study, Rebecca R. Stone considers how deep familiarity with, and profound respect for, the extra-ordinary visionary experiences of shamanism profoundly affected the artistic output of indigenous cultures in Central and South America before the European invasions of the sixteenth century. Using ethnographic accounts of shamanic trance experiences, Stone defines a core set of trance vision characteristics, including enhanced senses, ego dissolution, bodily distortions, flying, spinning and undulating sensations, synaesthesia, and physical transformation from the human self into animal and other states of being. Stone then traces these visionary characteristics in ancient artworks from Costa Rica and Peru. She makes a convincing case that these works, especially those of the Moche, depict shamans in a trance state or else convey the perceptual experience of visions by creating deliberately chaotic and distorted conglomerations of partial, inverted, and incoherent images.

Elements of Language

Fourth Course

Author: Lee Odell,Richard Vacca,John E. Warriner,Renee Hobbs

Publisher: Holt Rinehart & Winston

ISBN: 9780030796821

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 1035

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Courtly Art of the Ancient Maya

Author: Mary Ellen Miller,Simon Martin

Publisher: Thames & Hudson

ISBN: 9780500051290

Category: Art

Page: 304

View: 1591

A showcase of the breathtaking art of an ancient people features hundreds of illustrations that, combined with the latest research into and archaeological discoveries about Maya society, demonstrates the complexity and artistic genius of this legendary culture.