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Bonampak: The Sistine Chapel of the Maya

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Program Description

Bonampak is a Maya city-state hidden in the rainforest of Chiapas, in Mexico. It belongs to the so-called Classic period which ended immediately after a long drought that pushed the Maya to emigrate to Yucatan. It has several buildings but one of them, a very insignificant three-room hut has the most fabulous frescoes ever found of this civilization and in this very humid weather. In this talk, Maria will explain techniques, historic circumstances and interpretation of the themes on the walls. SCHEDULE: Thursday February 1, 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM This presentation will take place online. You will receive a link to the class by email 24 hours before the presentation begins. ABOUT THE PRESENTER: After studying Fine Arts, Maria Chester decided to go deeper and studied Art History becoming a Professor in Pre-Columbian Civilizations. From her first passion, that was Cave Art and Rock Art she developed an interest in Archaeology, and this has served as a frame for her ongoing research. She is multilingual and enjoys travelling. She taught in several South American universities as well as private institutions. Maria has served as the National Subject Adviser on American Archaeology to The Third Age Trust and joined East Berwickshire U3A where she became its Chairperson. In 2015, she became a founding member of the IC-International Committee to The Third Age Trust, in the United Kingdom. In May 2016 she was elected Secretary General of AIUTA- International Association of Universities of the Third Age. She also tutors regular courses on Art History for BEA-Berwick Educational Association.


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