MILAN – The Maya are one of the richest civilizations in history and mystery. Between 2000 BC and 1542 AD they invented and developed mathematical systems, calendars, artistic spirit, time measurements and much more: among the richest in history and full of mysteries civilizations ever revealed, despite the efforts of great historians and gods. leading experts, their culture is still filled with enigmas that fascinate the entire human race. The exhibition The Maya. The language of beauty of Verona, one of the largest and most comprehensive ever to be produced internationally, arrives at Palazzo della Gran Guardia with over 300 works from the main museums of Mexico, starting from 8 October 2016 until 5 March 2017.THE EXHIBITION – The Verona exhibition curated by Antonio Aimi and Karina Romero Blanco addresses for the first time the theme of the culture of this ancient people through the words and texts of the Maya themselves, using – as never happened in the past – the greatest revolution anthropology of the last century: the deciphering of their writing . At the same time, the exhibition offers a new, innovative and surprisingly current look on Mayan art starting from the identification of masters , schools and styles : finally you have the opportunity to relate to the works through a historical-artistic reading and beyond. archaeological. THREE PERIODS –The three great periods – pre-classical, classical and post-classical – which from 2000 BC to 1542 AD saw this people flourish, are explained through extraordinary masterpieces of Mayan art such as the Portastendardi , a precious sculpture dating back to the 11th century created by a master from Chichen Itza (archaeological complex north of the Yucatan peninsula, included in 2007 among the seven wonders of the modern world) which undoubtedly represents the best work of a typology typical of many cities of the Postclassic Period; the Head depicting Pakal the Great who lived from 603 to 683 AD and was the most important king of Palenque (today among the most important Mayan archaeological sites located in the Mexican state of Chiapas); the Mjade mosaic mask depicting a deified king , a typical example of a funerary mask, essential for the deceased to reach the underworld; and finally like Cumpich’s Adolescent , an imposing sculpture dating back to the late classical period found in the archaeological site of Cumpich. THE MAYA – The Mayan civilization is also explained through the reconstruction of ancient architecture, tools of everyday life that have ridden millennia such as necklaces, earrings, musical instruments, vases and censers, all coming from the most important Mexican museums such as the Museo Nacional de Antropologia (Mexico City) which with its two million visitors and the first anthropology museum in the world, theMuseo Regional de Antropologia Palacio Canton (Merida, Yucatan), the Arqueological Museum of the Camino Real de Hecelchakan (Hecelchakan, Campeche) and the many archaeological sites of the most important Mayan cities such as Calakmul, Chichen Itza, Palenque and Uxmal. 18 YEARS LATER – 18 years after the 1998 exhibition on the Mayans in Venice, the story of a people who never ceases to fascinate us for their mathematical knowledge, for their highly refined calendar systems and for their creations, returns to Italy artistic.
Furthermore, the Italian stage of the exhibition reveals the results of the latest scientific research on the Maya and allows readers to read their texts directly, without escaping intriguing themes such as prophecies, the end of the thirteenth baktun (which fell on December 21, 2012) and the secrets of Long Count, a cycle of 5125.3661 years that had begun to “turn”, the day of creation, which for this people had taken place on September 6, 3114 BC

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