Elizabeth Kelemen at Copan, 1940

Copan: Elizabeth Kelemen at Stela H in 1940

Pál & Elizabeth Kelemen were pioneers in the field of Mesoamerican Art History. Visiting Copán in 1940, Elizabeth wrote: "The monument-studded field with its surrounding buildings and the distant mountains beyond must have been an overwhelming and stunning panorama...While certain Maya sites, excavated more recently, could be placed among the most monmental of the classical Maya era, it is still Palenque and Copán, which in their variety and visual impact reach the pinnacle of Maya art."

Pál & Elizabeth Kelemen, The Kelemen Journals: Incidents of Discovery of Art in the Americas, 1932–1964, p. 58, 63