Art and Religion in Medieval Armenia

Edited by Helen C. Evans

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Featuring texts by leading scholars of the history and culture of medieval Armenia, this book offers an in-depth look at its art, trade, and religious traditions

The papers in this volume, first presented at an international symposium celebrating The Met’s blockbuster 2018 exhibition, Armenia!, explore the art and culture of a civilization that served as a pivotal crossroads on the border between East and West. Contributors address Armenia’s roles in facilitating exchange with the Mongol, Ottoman, and Persian empires to the East and with Byzantium and European Crusader states to the West. Essays also explore the ways in which elements of these cultures commingled in Armenian art and religion—Armenian artists and craftspeople produced an astonishing range of religious objects that drew upon influences from both Europe and Asia but ultimately created a uniquely Armenian visual identity. The authors explore the effects of this dualistic tension in the history of Armenian art and how it persists into the present, as this land situated at a crossroads of civilization continues to grapple with the legacy of genocide and counters new threats to its sovereignty, integrity, and cultural language.

Helen C. Evans is the Mary and Michael Jaharis Curator of Byzantine Art Emerita in the Department of Medieval Art and The Cloisters at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. 

ISBN: 9781588397379
Publication Date: January 18, 2022
Publishing Partner: Published by The Metropolitan Museum of Art/Distributed by Yale University Press
144 pages, 8 1/2 x 10
150 color illus.
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