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20 02 2007 Parigi: Armenia Sacra to the Louvre
Jean Eckian -
Monday, French presidents Jacques Chirac and Armenian Robert Kocharian inaugurated exposition "Armenia sacra", completely devoted to the Armenian Christian art , presented for the first time to the museum of the Louvre at Paris. The two presidents visited for an hour this exposition that, through 200 works of art, gives an idea of specificity and brightness of the Christian art of the Armenians since their conversion at first to the IVe century, until the end XVIIIe century.

Mr. Chirac, accompanied minister of the Culture, Renaud Donnedieu de Vabres, notably delayed itself in front of the "reliquary of the Noah's Arch", containing a wood mineral piece discover to the XVIIe century to the summit of the mount Ararat.

He was able to admire 30 Khachkars, of which the oldest one dates back to the IXe century and exposed in the ditches of the medieval Louvre, evoking a near disposal of their environment in Armenia, and in front of gospels of which a with a binding in ivory in dates back to the Xe century.

"Armenia sacra" is presented to the public of February 21 to May 21 2007, in the framework Year of Armenia in France.


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