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Matenadaran: Miniatures Stand 2 side 4

The Vaspurakan school (14th-16th centuries) presents a unique direction in Armenian miniature art. These miniatures are rich in traditional iconographic composition. The graphic decorative style, lack of perspective, muted colors, conventional depiction of human figures and objects are characteristic of Vaspurakan miniatures. The main goals of artists in this school were to reproduce the meaning of the thematic pictures and present a Gospel story in a straightforward manner.

The art of miniature painting also continued to flourish in Diaspora Armenian communities, particularly in Crimea, Constantinople, Tbilisi and New Julfa. Later, in the 18th-19th centuries, miniature painting ceased its leading role in Armenian painting, because of the spread of printing, the development of engraving art as well as the development of portrait painting.


10. Resurrection and Ascension,
Gospel, 1319, artist- Vardan,
Matenadaran, MS 7456, pg. 8a
11. Four Evangelists, Gospel, 1338,
artist and binder Melkhisedek,
Matenadaran, MS 4813, pg. 5b
12. Marriage Feast of Cana, Gospel,
1391, artist Tserun, Matenadaran,
MS 8772, pg. 7a

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

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