Treasures from the Ark, an extensive new survey of Armenian Christian art, catalogues a major exhibition during the spring 2001 at the British Library. The extraordinary quality and range of Armenian art that is documented includes sculpture, metalwork, textiles, ceramics, wood carvings, and illuminated manuscripts. It has been collected from around the world, much never seen outside Armenia.
In his authoritative text, Vrej Nersessian charts the development of Christianity in Armenia. This fascinating history is essential to an understanding of the art and religious tradition of Armenia, a country in which the sense of the sacred extends well beyond the purely religious, permeating the entire fabric of Armenian affairs to create a fascinating culture.
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Vrej Nersessian is curator of collections of the Christian Orient at the British Library and author of Armenian Illustrated Gospel Books (1987), as well as many scholarly catalogues and bibliographies.
In 301 C.E., the Armenian people became the first to adopt Christianity as their official religion, and Nersessian (curator of Armenian collections at the British Library) celebrates 1700 years of Armenian Christian art in this exhibition catalog. Armenia's precarious political and geographical position directly affected the spread of Christianity, the place of the Armenian church in Christendom, and the development of a uniquely Armenian iconography. Unfortunately, this position also led to invasion and foreign rule throughout much of Armenia's history. The photos cover sculpture, metal works, textiles, carved wood, ceramics, and manuscripts, while the text builds a firm foundation through coverage of geography, history, religion, and politics, showing how religion and language held the Armenians together through foreign rule and diaspora. The result is an excellent holistic body of work whose single fault lies in the small size of the photos. Overall, Nersessian provides excellent coverage on a topic that is covered only in part elsewhere. Recommended for libraries specializing in art history and European history and for larger public libraries. Nadine Dalton Speidel, Cuyahoga Cty. P.L., Parma, OH
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Descripción Oxford University Press, 2001. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. Never used!. Nº de ref. de la librería P110892366397
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Descripción Oxford University Press, 2001. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. book. Nº de ref. de la librería M0892366397