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Guatemalan Churches: The Maya Legacy in Organic Façades

"While the date of their origin is unknown, the Maya rose from village cultures to the awe-inspiring accomplishments of 7th-century Maya civilization over 2,000 years. Comprised of vaulted masonry architecture, naturalistic wall and pottery painting, relief style sculptural decoration, Long Count calendar, and hieroglyphic writing, the Maya have come to represent the highest level of cultural achievements in the Americas. ..." – By Carol Damian

 

Islam and Art: An Overview

"Far from natural or universal, “art” is a modern European concept distinguishing objects created with intellectual ambitions from crafts, appealing primarily to sensory pleasure over utility, preferring vision to other senses, and ultimately enabling fetishized commodification.4 While premodern sources do not address art as such, Islamic cultures have encountered and incorporated the concept as part of global modernity. ..." – By Wendy Shaw

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