Armenia : art, religion, and trade in the Middle Ages

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Full title: Armenia : art, religion, and trade in the Middle Ages / edited by Helen C. Evans.
Main Authors: Evans, Helen C., (Author, Editor)
, Merian, Sylvie L., (Author)
, Maranci, Christina, 1968- (Author)
, Findikyan, Daniel, (Author)
, Ballian, Anna, 1948- (Author)
, Goshgarian, Rachel, (Author)
, Leyloyan-Yekmalyan, Anna, (Author)
, Yalman, Suzan, (Author)
, Rydzkowska-Kozak, Joanna, (Author)
, Gulácsi, Zsuzsanna, (Author)
, Pin̄on, Erin, (Author)
, Crowe, Yolande, (Author)
, Baghdiantz McCabe, Ina, (Author)
Corporate Authors: Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, N.Y.), (publisher, organizer,)
Other authors: Khosdeghian, Hovannes, (Translator)
Format: Book           
Edition: [First edition]


Summary: A fascinating exploration of art created by the varied Armenian kingdoms that connected the East and West during the Middle Ages. As the first people to officially convert to Christianity, Armenians commissioned and produced astonishing religious objects. This sumptuous volume depicts and contextualizes the compelling works of art that defined the rich and complicated culture of medieval Armenians, including carvings, liturgical furnishings, beautifully illustrated manuscripts, gilded reliquaries, exquisite textiles, printed books, and more. Situated at the center of trade routes that connected the East and West during the Middle Ages, Armenia became a leading international trade partner for Seljuk, Mongol, Ottoman, and Persian overlords, while also serving as a powerful ally to Byzantium and European Crusader states.
At the foot of Mount Arafat on the crossroads of the eastern and western worlds, medieval Armenians dominated international trading routes that reached from Europe to China and India to Russia. As the first people to convert officially to Christianity, they commissioned and produced some of the most extraordinary religious objects of the Middle Ages. These objects--from sumptuous illuminated manuscripts to handsome carvings, liturgical furnishings, gilded reliquaries, exquisite textiles, and printed books--show the strong persistence of their own cultural identity, as well as the multicultural influences of Armenia's interactions with Romans, Byzantines, Persians, Mongols, Ottomans, and Europeans. This unprecedented volume, written by a team of international scholars and members of the Armenian religious community, contextualizes and celebrates the compelling works of art that define Armenian medieval culture. It features breathtaking photographs of archaeological sites and stunning churches and monasteries that help fill out this unique history. With groundbreaking essays and exquisite illustrations, 'Armenia' illuminates the singular achievements of a great medieval civilization.
Other authors: Khosdeghian, Hovannes, (Translator)
Corporate Authors: Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, N.Y.), (publisher, organizer,)
Language: English
Published: New York, New York : The Metropolitan Museum of Art, [2018].
Classmark: FV.L /749045
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Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (pages 324-344) and index.
ISBN: 1588396606
9781588396600
Place of Publication: United States -- New York (State) -- New York.