Saturday Art and Archaeology: Mayan Dedicatory Vessels

By: Saturday August 23, 2014 7:12 pm

Among the excavated items that form a large body of the pottery being studied from digging at Blue Creek, Belize, are the lip-to-lip vessels that occur in many of the temples now explored. These have revealed customs that played a part in the Maya society which ongoing archaeological science is ferreting out with its examination of the occurrence and content of the jars.

Intricate analysis of the vessels has been underway at the digs where I worked this July, and the content showed much about what the Maya celebrated and reverenced.


Saturday Art and Archaeology: Copán

By: Saturday July 26, 2014 7:00 pm

A major architectural and artistic wonder of the Mayan realm is found at Copán, in Honduras. While it had a rule of vast areas the Mayan center at Copán came to an end around 1000 A.D. for causes that are the subject of speculation but no certitude. It was built and lasted for generations detailed on the Hieroglyphic Staircase and stayed a ruling ceremonial center beginning somewhere in the area of 600 B.C. until its sudden decline.

Saturday Archaeology: Digging the Mayans in Stages

By: Saturday July 19, 2014 4:00 pm

A first lesson in rediscovering the Mayan architecture that built their many impressive temples has been that each successive generation took a lesson from the past, and covered the existing structure with another. While digging at the Blue Creek, Belize, Maya Research Program dig, we were finding the later layers, recording the data we found, then going deeper to find the preceding structures. To find a Mayan pyramid means that you have found the last, top, layer of the civilization that built it and under that structure there is another, earlier, one.

Saturday Art: France’s President Names Greatest Painter?

By: Saturday June 28, 2014 4:40 pm

Black is dramatic, but probably not the way most of us see our best expressions appear. In a world full of rancor, it may be dominant. Looking at new perspectives has no harmful effects, though, and perhaps Hollande has added dimensions that are helpful in seeing how our politics affect our lives and those of others.

Saturday Art: Charles Barsotti

By: Saturday June 21, 2014 5:10 pm

A distinguished member of The New Yorker cartoonist hall of fame, known for outstanding work in portraying our society, passed away this last week. Charles Barsotti drew remarkable humorous portrayals of our lives during his career from the 1960′s until last week, when his last cartoon was published.

Saturday Art: Delacroix’s “Liberty Leading the People”, a.k.a. To the Ramparts

By: Saturday May 31, 2014 4:00 pm

One of the representations of the revolution in France has a portrayal of symbolized Liberty, taking her warrior people ‘to the ramparts‘, and represents a cry that often rang out.

Saturday Art: Aquatic Scenes at Freer Gallery

By: Saturday April 26, 2014 6:44 pm

It was good fortune to visit the Freer Gallery at the Smithsonian while it has on display many paintings of the aquatic life that is often portrayed in Asian art. Bountiful Waters presents wonderful views of the life we see when we gaze into the streams and lakes around us, from a point of view that we aren’t familiar with.

Saturday Art: Velázquez’ Las Meninas

By: Saturday March 15, 2014 5:00 pm

An artwork that has been seminal in the development of our western art is Las Meninas, the portrait of Spain’s King Phillip IV’s daughter in his court. The work shows the artist at his easel, and the King and Queen faintly in the mirror behind them all.

Saturday Art: Hands, Studied by Albrecht Durer and Michelangelo

By: Saturday March 8, 2014 12:30 pm

You may know nothing else about him, but the study of hands by Albrecht Durer is an image that it’s hard to imagine not ever seeing. The integrity of the work is remarkable.

Saturday Art: Fu Shi Protection

By: Saturday March 1, 2014 6:40 pm

Doing the research on the Fu or Foo Shi, I did discover that for a lifetime I have had it wrong. When I received Fu, my ceramic figure that has come with me through a life of moves, I thought as many westerners do that this was a Fu Dog.

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