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Armenia! - At The Met - The Metropolitan Museum of Art - Exhibition Overview


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Saturday, September 22 2018
Saturday, September 22 2018

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At The Met Fifth Avenue September 22, 2018–January 13, 2019

Exhibition Overview

This is the first major exhibition to explore the remarkable artistic and cultural achievements of the Armenian people in a global context over fourteen centuries—from the fourth century, when the Armenians converted to Christianity in their homeland at the base of Mount Ararat, to the seventeenth century, when Armenian control of global trade routes first brought books printed in Armenian into the region. 

Through some 140 objects—including opulent gilded reliquaries, richly illuminated manuscripts, rare textiles, cross stones (khachkars), precious liturgical furnishings, church models, and printed books—the exhibition demonstrates how Armenians developed a unique Christian identity that linked their widespread communities over the years. 

Representing the cultural heritage of Armenia, most of the works come from major Armenian collections: the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin; the Matenadaran (Ancient Manuscripts); the National History Museum in the Republic of Armenia; the Catholicosate of the Great House of Cilicia in Lebanon; the Brotherhood of St. James in Jerusalem; the Mekhitarist Congregation of San Lazzaro degli Armeni in Venice; the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum in Lisbon; the Diocese of the Armenian Church (Eastern) in New York; the Armenian Museum of America in Boston; and the Alex and Marie Manoogian Museum in Michigan.

Almost all of these works are on view in the United States for the first time; some have not travelled abroad for centuries.


The exhibition is made possible by The Hagop Kevorkian Fund.

Additional support is provided by the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Michel David-Weill Fund, the Armenian General Benevolent Union, The Giorgi Family Foundation, The Hirair and Anna Hovnanian Foundation, the Karagheusian Foundation, The Nazar and Artemis Nazarian Family, the Ruddock Foundation for the Arts, The Strauch Kulhanjian Family and The Paros Foundation, Aso O. Tavitian, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

The catalogue is made possible by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The Tianaderrah Foundation, the Michel David-Weill Fund, the Dolores Zohrab Liebmann Fund, the Ruben Vardanyan and Veronika Zonabend Family Foundation, Joanne A. Peterson, The Armenian Center at Columbia University, Elizabeth and Jean-Marie Eveillard, and Souren G. and Carol R. K. Ouzounian.

Exhibition Objects


Exhibition Objects

148 Objects


Date: 18th century
Medium: Stonepaste; polychrome painted under transparent glaze
Accession Number: 02.5.45

Textile with Brocade

 Date: 13th–14th century
Medium: Silk, metal thread
Accession Number: 09.50.1022


Date: first half 17th century (velvet)
Medium: Silk, cotton, metal wrapped thread; cut and voided velvet, brocaded, embroidered, with engraved metal fittings
Accession Number: 14.67

Gospel with Silver Cover

Date: 13th and 17th century
Medium: Ink and tempera on parchment Cover: silver, gilt, jewels, enamel
Accession Number: 16.99

Kalamkari Hanging with Figures in an Architectural Setting

Date: ca. 1640–50
Medium: Cotton; plain weave, mordant-painted and dyed, resist-dyed
Accession Number: 20.79

De gli habiti antichi et moderni di diversi parti del mondo, libri due ...

Cesare Vecellio (Italian, Pieve di Cadore 1521–1601 Venice)

Date: 1590 Medium: Woodcut
Accession Number: 21.36.146

Biblia Sacra

Wooducts by Christoffel van Sichem II (Dutch, ca. 1581–1658)

Date: 1657
Accession Number: 45.37

Leaf from a Gospel Book with Four Standing Evangelists

Date: 1290–1330
Medium: Tempera and ink on parchment
Accession Number: 57.185.3


Date: 12th century Medium:
Composite body; incised
Number: 1982.478.3

Tapestry with Dragons and Flowers

Date: 11th–12th century
Medium: Silk tapestry
Accession Number: 1987.275

Double-Sided Gospel Leaf

Date: first half 14th century
Medium: Tempera on parchment
Accession Number: 2006.100

Egg-Shaped Ornament

Date: mid-18th century
Medium: Frit body with green, yellow, blue and brownish black underglaze painting
Accession Number: 2008.545

Four Gospels in Armenian

Date: 1434/35
Medium: Tempera and gold on paper; stamped leather binding
Accession Number: 2010.108

Fragmentary Capital

Date: 5th–7th century
Medium: Tuff

Capital with Virgin and Child

Date: late 5th–6th century
Medium: Tuff

Four-Sided Stela

Date: 4th–5th century
Medium: Tuff

Processional or Altar Cross

Date: 11th–12th century,
with later additions
Medium: Silver sheet and agate in gilded-silver mount


Date: 5th century
Medium: Tuff

Fragment of a Four-Sided Stela

Date: 4th–5th century
Medium: Dolomite


Date: 874
Medium: Wood

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