Thursday, May 26, 2016
The Mystery of Chichén Itzá: Temple of Kukulkcan
Chichén Itzá: Temple of Kukulkcan
5" x 10" (12.7 cm X 25.4 cm) acrylic on hand primed board.
Visiting Chichén Itzá was a fascinating and puzzling event. It is surprising to discover how advanced the Mayan civilization had become in the arts and sciences by 800 A.D. and even more surprising to realize that they had abandoned these highly developed and sophisticated architectural sites after 1000 A.D. Even today archaeologists, anthropologists and historians are not sure why these beautiful places where abandoned and left in ruins. While we were there in January 2009 and again this year (2016) we talked to a number of Mayan guides and experts who could not tell us the full reasons.
I’ve tried in this small painting to capture some of the mystery and intrigue I felt while visiting this site. It’s a study that I’d like to do as a larger painting sometime in the future.
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