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Fall 2012-2013
ART 469 / LAS 469 (LA)   na, npdf

Maya Painting

Bryan R. Just

Painting was the ancient Maya expressive mode par excellence. Whether depicting mythology, history, or hieroglyphic writing, painting was for more private acts of visual consumption than architecture or sculpture. This seminar invites students into this private realm of ancient Maya scribes, nobility, and royal patronage. The course explores the 1500-year history of Maya painting, including murals, ceramics and books. We will consider techniques of production, iconography, aesthetics, and social context. Students will gain basic literacy in Maya writing and training in Maya astronomy.

Sample reading list:
Houston, Stephen, et al., Veiled Brightness: A History of Ancient Maya Color
Reents-Budet, Dorie, Painting the Maya Universe
Saturno, William, et al., The Murals of San Bartolo, Part I
Taube, Karl A., et al, The Murals of San Bartolo, Part II
Stone, Andrea, and Marc Zender, Reading Maya Art (optional reading)

Reading/Writing assignments:
Required readings range from 100-200 (image rich) pages per week. Regular assignments during the course of the semester (1-page reading summaries, object analyses, hieroglyphic decipherment exercises, etc.), as well as one term research paper (~15 pages), on a topic of the student's choosing.

Term Paper(s) - 30%
Class/Precept Participation - 30%
Other (See Instructor) - 40%

Other Requirements:
Not Open to Freshmen.

Prerequisites and Restrictions:
ART267 and/or ART268 recommended; ability to read Spanish recommended.

Other information:
For department majors, satisfies Pre-Columbian distribution requirement.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
22968 S01 01:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm Th   McCormick Hall   272   Enrolled:9 Limit:10