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Matenadaran: Miniatures Stand 2 side 1

 The 13th century is considered a period in which Armenian miniature painting reached its height with a number of talented artists in Greater Armenia and Cilicia. During this period Armenian painters made innovations in iconography and diversity of style.

The capital of the Bagratuni Kingdom of Armenia, Ani, flourished anew in this period. One of the most important achievements of Ani's miniature painting was “The Haghbat Gospel”, illustrated by the painter Margare in 1211, the ornamentation of which is full of secular themes featuring the vivid depiction of Ani's urban life. The artist painted fellow-citizens in the khorans of the manuscript and family members of the man who ordered the miniature, featured among the citizens welcoming Christ into the city, in the miniature called “Entry into Jerusalem”.

“The Targmanchats Gospel” (artist –Grigor), painted in 1232, is a striking miniature with its unique iconography and coloring as well as its dramatic expression.


1. Entry into Jerusalem, Haghbat
Gospel, 1211, artist- Margare,
Matenadaran, MS 6288, pg. 16b
2. Annunciation, Targmanchats
Gospel, 1232, artist-Grigor,
Matenadaran, MS 2743, pg.
3. Dormition of the Virgin,
Targmanchats Gospel, 1232,
artist- Grigor, Matenadaran, MS
2743, pg. 294b

Text and images provided by the Mesrop Mashtots Institute of Ancient Manuscripts.

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