The Maya

The Maya

Author: Erin Aldana

This lesson will explore the art and architecture of the Maya.

See More

Try Sophia’s Art History Course. For Free.

Our self-paced online courses are a great way to save time and money as you earn credits eligible for transfer to over 2,000 colleges and universities.*

Begin Free Trial
No credit card required

25 Sophia partners guarantee credit transfer.

226 Institutions have accepted or given pre-approval for credit transfer.

* The American Council on Education's College Credit Recommendation Service (ACE Credit®) has evaluated and recommended college credit for 21 of Sophia’s online courses. More than 2,000 colleges and universities consider ACE CREDIT recommendations in determining the applicability to their course and degree programs.

  • Roof Comb

    The construction that tops a pyramid in monumental Mesoamerican architecture decorated with iconography of the Mayan culture.

  • Corbel Vaults

    The simplest type of vault, involving step support systems.

  • Stele

    A slab of stone or terra-cotta, usually oblong, carved.

  • Portraiture

    An artistic likeness of an individual.

  • Hieroglyphs

    A form of writing that uses pictures and symbols to represent syllables and entire words or concepts.

  • Relief Sculpture

    A sculpture technique that uses a process of cutting into a flat surface i.e. wood, stone or material, by chiseling or gouging.

  • Sarcophagus

    A stone coffin, often decorated with sculpture.

  • Apotheosis

    The elevation of a person to the status of a god, often seen in ancient Rome in portraits of emperors and busts of deceased family members.