Armenian Art Treasures of Jerusalem

(Number: BAM0008)
Massada Press (Publisher)
1979 Israel
174 pages
Size: 9 1/2" x 13 1/4"
Language(s): English

One of the world's greatest art treasures is here brought before the wide public for the first time. It is the collection of the Jerusalem Patriarchate of the Armenian Church, which is the richest and most important concentration of Armenian art in the world. Its wealth stems from the place of Jerusalem, the Holy City, in the minds and hearts of the Armenians throughout their existence as a Christian nation - since the fourth century A.D. Pilgrims brought to Jerusalem many of the outstanding creations of Armenian artists, which were deposited in the treasury and library of the Armenian Cathedral of St. James. Hitherto the knowledge of this collection has been confined to a limited circle. Now, for the first time, it has been photographed and described on an extensive scale. This volume unveils a dazzling variety of art objects - sumptuous medieval illuminated manuscripts, printed books, mosaic pavements, painted tiles and ritual objects. The book contains 194 illustrations, of which 131 are in color. A full description of the Armenian art treasures of Jerusalem and their background has been written by Professor Bezalel Narkiss, head of the Department of Art at the Hebrew University, Jerusalem. His collaborator, Professor Michael E.Stone, of the Department of Armenian Studies of the same University, has contributed a detailed catalogue of the objects illustrated. An introductory chapter on the history of the Armenian Communities in Jerusalem has been written byAvedis K. Sanjian, Professor of Armenian Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles.

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