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Mayan Art

Recently I have been trying to restore some Mayan paintings, closer to what they may have originally looked like. I am not an expert at restoring art of any kind, but I did spend many hours restoring some of these Mayan paintings, the best that I could.

The Mayan Culture

I have always been inexplicably drawn to Mayan art. I love the vivid colors and the intensity of that artwork itself. Mayan culture truly comes alive to me as I view this ancient art.

The Maya were a people that flourished in the areas from Mexico to Costa Rica. Their civilization thrived 4000 years ago. The Maya were a people that studied the stars, built cities like Palenque and Tulum, developed mathematics and created this wonderful art, that we see here.

The Art

Mayan art can be very graphic in nature. Some of the art can depict some pretty graphic scenes involving sacrifices and that sort of thing. I avoided using any of those paintings here. I tried to bring the paintings back to a more original state without changing them too much.

I hope that you enjoy viewing this wonderful art as much as I do. The style used in the paintings is unlike any that I have seen. While Europeans were painting their own masterpieces, the Mayan artists were painting these bold, colorful masterpieces, yet to be appreciated as such.



Rick Echeverria on April 09, 2019:

These look nothing like Maya art...They are Aztec....

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Lorelei Cohen from Canada on January 27, 2019:

Graphic is indeed a good word to describe these art works. What surprised me was the use of many body colors in the human images. There must have been quite a diverse culture of people in their area at the time of the paintings. Interesting.

PhoenixV (author) from USA on May 02, 2016:

Thanks for the comments

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on October 06, 2014:

That must have been quite an experience. These are really restored. I have a big book on Mayan art and a friend collects some.

Jo Alexis-Hagues from Lincolnshire, U.K on September 07, 2014:

Great hub! Love the Mayan art.

I find the Maya civilization fascinating, although the idea of offering sacrifice can be a little unnerving. The fact that they were sufficiently knowledgeable to build cities, complex irrigation system, not to mention their knowledge of astrology is astounding. Nice work.

Amie Butchko from Warwick, NY on December 04, 2013:

I can really appreciate this art as well. I actually just saw some "Mayan chairs" at my brother's house that are made of planks of wood and can be placed on the ground - you can make them yourself, as they are simple but very artistic. I wonder if they are related? Funny I came across this article today! Great read.

Paula from The Midwest, USA on January 14, 2011:

A wonderful tribute to the amazing Mayan Art. I think the Mayans created such bold and expressive art that is very intriguing. I hear you when you say you are drawn to it, and I think that whatever they were feeling comes right through even now to the viewer.

You did a wonderful job on the restoration! I truly enjoyed this hub and the videos below and felt I was in a art show for a bit there. Many of the pieces you show here and in the videos makes me wonder what they were thinking, and what the details represent. It causes me to want to learn all about their art and culture. Thanks for sharing another great art hub!

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