Veiled Brightness: A History of Ancient Maya Color (2020)

Veiled Brightness: A History of Ancient Maya Color Stephen Houston Claudia Brittenham Cassandra Mesick Veiled Brightness A History of Ancient Maya Color 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 dif
  • Title: Veiled Brightness: A History of Ancient Maya Color
  • Author: Stephen Houston Claudia Brittenham Cassandra Mesick
  • ISBN: 9780292719002
  • Page: 444
  • Format: Hardcover
Veiled Brightness: A History of Ancient Maya Color Stephen Houston Claudia Brittenham Cassandra Mesick 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 colorColor 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.
Veiled Brightness: A History of Ancient Maya Color Stephen Houston Claudia Brittenham Cassandra Mesick

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  1. Charles Heath

    Color has not been analyzed or historicized beyond basic observation during the almost two centuries of archaeological and anthropological work in the Maya world Stephen Houston and dozens of collaborators call for that work to be done This book, while not for a general audience, illuminates the historical trajectory of color in Mesoamerica Chapters include the symbolism of color, the production and application of tints, dyes, and paints, along with dozens of high resolution photographic example [...]

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