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Four Gospels in Armenian

Date:
1434/35
Culture:
Armenian
Medium:
Tempera and gold on paper; stamped leather binding
Dimensions:
Overall: 11 1/16 x 7 5/8 x 3 3/8 in. (28.1 x 19.4 x 8.5 cm)
Classification:
Manuscripts and Illuminations
Credit Line:
Purchase, Fletcher Fund, Hagop Kevorkian Fund Gift, in memory of Hagop Kevorkian, Tianaderrah Foundation, B.H. Breslauer Foundation, Aso O. Tavitian, Karen Bedrosian Richardson, Elizabeth Mugar Eveillard and Arax Simsarian Gifts and funds from various donors, 2010
Accession Number:
2010.108
  • Description

    Illuminated manuscripts are among the finest works of Armenian art as the "Word" has been the primary focus of veneration in the Armenian Church since its founding in the early fourth century. In the fifteenth century under Mongol domination in the region of Khizan near Lake Van (now in Turkey), Armenian artists developed the dramatic narrative style of illumination seen here.  Colophons, notations in the text, identify this gospel as written by the scribe Margar for the Monastery of St. George at Mokk’ at the order of Bishop Sion.  As it typical for Armenian gospels, the illuminations of the life of Christ are grouped at the beginning of the text before the Canon Tables with an evangelist’s portrait introducing each gospel.

  • Provenance

    Monastery of Saint George, province of Mokk', S. W. of Lake Van, Eastern Turkey by scribe Magare; Sargis and Yaruthiwn, sons of Zarif (1731); Lady Shaghbekin and her family(19th century); Church of Pogan, near Tchoulamerig (ca. 1900); Hagop Kevorkian, New York (by 1944–1977); [Kevorkian Fund sale, Sotheby's, London(May 2, 1977, no. 178)]; [ H. P. Kraus, New York (1981)]; Schøyen collection, Oslo (by 1996); [ Sam Fogg Ltd., London (sold 2009)]

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