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20 February 2020MESOAMERICA-MAYA: BONAMPAK MURALS ‘SISTINE CHAPEL OF THE AMERICAS’
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MESOAMERICA-MAYA: BONAMPAK MURALS ‘SISTINE CHAPEL OF THE AMERICAS’ Professor Maria Chester, Professor of Pre-Columbian Art, lecturer and researcher Thursday 20 February 2020

Bonampak (650 CE - 850 CE) is a Classic Maya site in Mexico. Its architecture is simple with one minor exception : its murals. The discovery of these painted walls caused a huge controversy among Mayan experts since the murals clearly depicted war, torture and bloody rituals. Prior to then scholars had firmly believed the Maya were a peace-loving people, only dedicated to contemplating the sky in order to create their calendars. The Bonampak murals represent a vivid portrait of Classic Maya life. For many years it was thought that BONAMPAK meant 'painted walls' but in 2006 Dr David Stuart deciphered Bonampak's glyphs and re-named the place 'Hill of the Vultures'.

Maria Chester was born in Buenos Aires. She studied Fine Art and Art History and is a Professor of Pre-Columbian Art. She has travelled the world and is multilingual. She taught in several South American universities as well as private institutions. Since 2003 she has been living in the Scottish Borders. She is tutoring annual courses on Art History for Berwick Educational Association and also works for Berwick Visual Arts delivering conferences linked to art exhibitions, complemented with guided tours in Berwick upon Tweed.

In May 2018 she was made a Visiting Research Fellow at CAUA Research Centre for International Elderly Education in Shanghai. She became an Accredited Arts Society Lecturer in October 2018.