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The Armenian Gospels of Gladzor: The Life of Christ Illuminated


  • Thomas F. Mathews and Alice Taylor

    This masterpiece of Armenian illumination was created before 1307 by monks at the theological school of Gladzor, who copied its text and painted its elaborate cycle of miniatures. Owned at various times by merchants and princes, the Gladzor Gospels is now in the Charles E. Young Research Library at the University of California at Los Angeles.

    This beautiful, informative volume features color reproductions of many of the manuscript's intricate miniatures. The author discusses the production of manuscripts in the Middle Ages, then focuses on the Gladzor Gospels, examining the historical and social contexts at the time of its creation, the theological school of Gladzor, and the themes depicted in the manuscript's brilliant illuminations. This book was published to coincide with an exhibition that celebrated the 1,700th anniversary of the founding of the Armenian Church, during which the manuscript was displayed at the Getty Museum in 2001.

    Thomas F. Mathews is a professor at the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University. Alice Taylor is professor of art history at West Los Angeles College and the author of Book Arts of Isfahan.

    The hardcover edition of this book is out of print.

    "Includes a fascinating section on the prominence of women in the pictures. The 60 full-page color illustrations are stunning."
    —Library Journal

    "A handsome volume."

    "The color illustrations are superb and the text offers an excellent introduction to Armenian Gospel illustration."
    —Medieval Review

    128 pages
    7 x 10 inches
    60 color and 10 b/w illustrations
    ISBN 978-0-89236-627-9

    Getty Publications
    Imprint: J. Paul Getty Museum


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