June 13
Introduction

 

Welcome to the Art of the Ancient Americas

 

 

Colossal Head at La Venta

Colossal Head at La Venta
Miller, Mary Ellen. Art of Mesoamerica. Revised edition. New York: Thames and Hudson, 1996.

 

 

 

Great Pyramid La Venta

Great Pyramid at La Venta
Stokstad, Marilyn. Art History. Revised Second ed. Vol. 2. New York: Prentice Hall Inc., and Harry N. Abrams Inc., 2005.

 

 

 

Stela 1

Stela 1
Miller, Mary Ellen. Art of Mesoamerica. Revised edition. New York: Thames and Hudson, 1996.

 

 

 

Ceremonial center of Teotihuacan
Stokstad, Marilyn. Art History. Revised Second ed. Vol. 2. New York: Prentice Hall Inc., and Harry N. Abrams Inc., 2005.

 

 

 

Lord Pakal

Lord Pakal
Miller, Mary Ellen. Art of Mesoamerica. Revised edition. New York: Thames and Hudson, 1996.

 

 

 

Palace and Temple of the Inscriptions

Palace and Temple of the Inscriptions
Stokstad, Marilyn. Art History. Revised Second ed. Vol. 2. New York: Prentice Hall Inc., and Harry N. Abrams Inc., 2005.

 

 

 

Raimondi Stela

Raimondi Stela
Stone-Miller, Rebecca. Art of the Andes. Second edition. New York: Thames and Hudson, 2002.

 

 

 

Paracas mummy

Paracas Mummy
Stone-Miller, Rebecca. Art of the Andes. Second edition. New York: Thames and Hudson, 2002.

 

 

 

Earspools

Moche Earspools
Stone-Miller, Rebecca. Art of the Andes. Second edition. New York: Thames and Hudson, 2002.

 

 

 

Moche Ceramic Portrait Head

Moche Ceramic Portrait Head
Stone-Miller, Rebecca. Art of the Andes. Second edition. New York: Thames and Hudson, 2002.

 

 

 

Machu Piccu

Machu Piccu
Stone-Miller, Rebecca. Art of the Andes. Second edition. New York: Thames and Hudson, 2002.

 

 

 

Great Serpent Mound

Great Serpent Mound
Duane Preble, Sarah Preble and Patrick Frank, Artforms. (Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall, 2002) Revised 7th ed.

 

 

 

Spherical Basket

Spherical Basket
Penney, David W. North American Indian Art. New York: Thames and Hudson, 2004.

 

 

 

Hamatsa Mask

Hamatsa Mask
Penney, David W. North American Indian Art. New York: Thames and Hudson, 2004.

 

 

 

Chilkat blanket

Chilkat blanket
Duane Preble, Sarah Preble and Patrick Frank, Artforms. (Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall, 2002) 7th ed.

 

 

 

Dictionary definition = the quality, production or expression of what is beautiful, appealing or of more than ordinary significance
Art for Dummies definition = art happens when anyone in the world takes any kind of material and fashions it into a deliberate statement

 

 

 

What to consider when looking at art?
Chronology - When was it made?
Provenance - Where was it made?
Style - How does it look?
Iconography - What symbols are used?
Artist - Who made it?
Meaning, Cause and Context - What does it mean? Why was it made? Under what circumstances was it created?

 

 

 

Major Events in Prehistory
c. 4,000,000 B.C....
man began to walk on two feet
c. 2,000,000 B.C.
earliest known toolmaking
c. 100,000 B.C.
modern humans first appear
c. 70,000 - 8000 B.C.
.last Ice Age in Europe
c. 50,000 B.C.
appearance of fully modern human language
c. 40,000 B.C.
earliest known stone figures in Europe
c. 30,000 - 10,000 BC
people crossed land bridge called Beringia
c. 28,000 B.C.
earliest known cave paintings
c. 8000 - 1000 B.C.
plants and animals domesticated
c. 4500 - 1500 B.C.
megalithic tombs and monuments
c. 3300 - 3000 B.C.
earliest writing developed
c. 2300 - 1000 B.C..
Bronze Age

 

 

 

The Spread of Homo Sapiens Sapiens

The Spread of Homo Sapiens Sapiens
Lazzari, Margaret, and Dona Schlesier. Exploring Art: A Golbal, Thematic Approach. California: Thomson Wadsworth, 2005.

 

 

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/stoneage/

 

 

 

Map of Ancient Mesoamerica

Map of Ancient Mesoamerica
Miller, Mary Ellen. Art of Mesoamerica. Revised edition. New York: Thames and Hudson, 1996.

 

 


2500 BC
2000 BC
1500 BC
1000 BC
500 BC
BC
AD
500
1000
1550
PRECLASSIC OR FORMATIVE
CLASSIC
POSTCLASSIC
Early
1500 BC - 900 BC
Middle
900 BC - 250 BC
Late
250 BC -
AD 250
Early
250 - 600
Late
600 - 900
Early
900 - 1200
Late
1200 - 1521
West Mexican Cultures 1500 BC - AD 1530
Olmec 1200BC - 600 BC
Tres Zapotes 900 BC - 600 BC
 
San Lorenzo 900 BC - 600 BC
 
La Venta 900 BC - 600 BC
 
Teotihuacan 150 BC - AD 750
 
Zapotec 400 - 800
Monte Alban 400 - 800
Totonac 500 - 1521
   
Toltec 900 - 1200
   
Mixtec 1200 - 1525
   
Aztec 1350 - 1521
Tenochtitlan 1350 - 1521
 
Texcoco 1350 - 1521
 
Maya 250 BC - AD 1000
   
Cerros 250 BC - AD 200
   
Tikal 200 BC - AD 800
   
Piedras Negras 300 - 800
   
Uxmal 700 - 1000
 
Copan 600 - 800
   
Toltec - Maya 1000 - 1200
   
Chichen Itza 1000 - 1200