Maya imagery operates like a system of writing in which each detail has its own significance.
The Maya people of Central America had one of the most developed Indian civilizations before the Spanish conquest, with remarkable achievements in mathematics, astronomy, agriculture and art.<br><br>Martine Fettweis-Viénot
began studying Maya murals in 1975. When she realized that a large majority of them had never been adequately studied and catalogued, she compiled a database covering 236 paintings from 95 sites in the region, 54 of which she has personally
explored, in order to record them before they are ruined. The artwork, spanning eight centuries and showing animals and scenes of life, has resulted in a published catalogue. “Maya imagery operates like a system of writing in which
each detail has its own significance,” says Fettweiss-Viénot, whose research brought forth new insights on the paintings’ meaning and role in Maya society.