Martine Fettweis-Viénot

1984 Laureate, Cultural Heritage
Belgium, Born 1947

Project Goal

Create the first complete catalogue of Mayan wall paintings

Location: Guatemala

"Mayan imagery operates like a system of writing in which each detail has its own significance."

In 1975, a young Belgian archaeologist and art historian, Martine Fettweis-Viénot, began a single-handed study of the colourful Maya murals of Mexico and Guatemala. Her painstaking copying of the paintings, which is to result eventually in a published catalogue, led her to new theories about the murals and their role in Maya society.

236

paintings in Martine's database as of 1996

95

sites visited in documenting murals

3

culturally and environmentally different zones in Martine's research

1993

year of Martine's Brussels exhibition of photographs, maps and Mayan wall paintings

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