Mayan Ruins Sketched

In sticking with black and white art prints, this week I’m sharing black and white sketches. The subject matter is Mayan Ruins and this series of sketches is of the ruins at Chichen Itza, Mexico (Wikipedia). I should have been an archeologist as I love exploring the architecture of ruins from a variety of prior civilizations. In the case of Chichen Itza, I have visited this site a couple of times and find the structures fascinating. Black and white works well with this subject matter as it highlights the details of the architecture.

The central focal point of the city is the pyramid (Temple of Kukulcan). I have had the pleasure of hiking up to the top during my first visit and the second time we went down there, it had been closed off to people walking up the stairs.

The next two sketches are of the Observatory…..

These last two sketches are of the Temple of a Thousand Warriors.

37 thoughts on “Mayan Ruins Sketched

  1. Carl D'Agostino

    Having studied the time period I can clearly imagine the blood flowing down and the heads rolling down those pyramids. Then later the body parts and meat displayed in open market for consumption. And they blame Columbus for “introducing” monstrous human savagery and brutality.

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    1. Kirt D Tisdale Post author

      The pure savagery is disturbing especially when you think of the sophistication of these structures. One thing always sticks in my head as a “how did they do that?”….the time I was able to climb to the top of the pyramid, there was a window in the room that up there that was lined up with magnetic north. Not just coincidence as that pattern is found in other structures. How could they know “magnetic north” prior to compasses?

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      1. Carl D'Agostino

        The ancient cultures were astonishingly advanced in astronomy. Architecture too. I always ask “How did they cut the stone and in some cases transport it hundreds of miles?

    1. Kirt D Tisdale Post author

      Thanks Dan…it highlights the detail of each structure…so incredible that these were even built….let alone that long ago!! Thanks for stopping by…have a great weekend!!

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  2. Darlene

    I should have been an archeologist as well. There is nothing I enjoy more than old ruins and learning about ancient cultures. Black and white works very well here.

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      1. Kirt D Tisdale Post author

        Doing really well…..I haven’t been able to walk “pain free” this much for a number of years. Got some hiking in while we were in Seattle first part of Sept. More hiking coming as we are going back up last two weeks of Oct. Both son-in-laws have a number of trails planned….some new to me…some revisiting ones I have done a number of times….really looking forward to it! Thanks for asking. How has your family time been?

      2. Writing to Freedom

        Congrats on your recovery and ability to get out walking/ hiking again. My visit was wonderful, a mix of helping mom, connecting, getting her out of the house, and relaxing.

  3. tiffanymendonca

    These are stunning, the black and white really brings out so much detail. I love seeing historical structures and learning the history behind them! Thank you for sharing these!

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    1. Kirt D Tisdale Post author

      Lol…going up was easy…..coming down, not so easy. The steps are very narrow and steep. Glad I was able to experience it before they wisely shut it down to foot traffic!!

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  4. America On Coffee

    Hi Kirt! Your artistic details in black and white are amazing! I love architectural history also and Cultural Anthropology has close association. In looking at your art work and remembering the Mayans, their pyramidal structures and ceremonial sacrifices, clearly indicates that there was a Pangea which connected Egypt to the Americas. I love your art and the history that it captures! I hope you’re enjoying the new season! ☕️☕️🧉🧉🍂🕊🧉🧉☕️☕️

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    1. Kirt D Tisdale Post author

      I loved the columns and spent a lot of time taking shots from different angles trying to capture the look and feel of them. Thanks for the feedback…much appreciated!!

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