Cummings Foundation Grant Recipient

REPRODUCING THE RESURRECTION: From European Prints to Armenian Manuscripts

Armenian Manuscripts Michigan Center for Early Christian Studies NAASR Sylvie Merian

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Thursday, May 12, 2022, at 3:00-4:30pm EDT / 12noon-1:30pm PDT
On Zoom and the Michigan Center for Early Christian Studies Facebook page.

DR. SYLVIE MERIAN, Morgan Library and Museum

The earliest purported representations of the "Resurrection" in Armenian manuscript illuminations are not Resurrections at all. Instead, the artists portrayed this miraculous event indirectly, by illustrating the Holy Women at the Tomb and/or the Harrowing of Hell. The iconography of Christ emerging from the tomb was not yet part of their artistic repertoire. It was not until the early 17th century that the image of Christ emerging from the tomb appeared in Armenian manuscripts.

In this illustrated talk, Sylvie L. Merian, Ph.D., will explain the reasons for the late usage in Armenian artistic traditions of Resurrection iconography in which Christ is shown emerging from the tomb, demonstrate what inspired the artists, and show how this iconography became common in numerous other artistic media for centuries, including later Armenian woodcuts and engravings, liturgical embroidery, wall paintings, silver objects, and ceramic tiles.

Michigan Center for Early Christian Studies
National Association for Armenian Studies and Research (NAASR)

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