31 05 2007 - NAASR: > The Tiny Churches of Armenia:
|> The Tiny Churches of Armenia:
> Medieval Architectural Models
> An Illustrated Lecture by
> Dr. Christina Maranci
> Associate Professor, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
> While most scholars of Armenian architecture focus
> on life-size churches, few have paid attention to a tiny,
> but related tradition: the stone architectural models of
> the Caucasus. Produced in great number and in a
> variety of contexts, these diminutive churches form a
> unique tradition within the art of the Middle Ages, East
> or West.
> Held by donors in sculptural relief, mounted on church
> gables, and fixed to the interior portals of monasteries,
> the models assume the form of miniature domed
> churches. Considering medieval Armenian
> architectural and textual traditions, this talk will ask
> why they emerged and what they might have meant to
> the contemporary viewer.
> Did the models hold a ritual function? Increasing
> epigraphic, sculptural, and architectural evidence
> suggests that ceremonial movement occurred
> outside, as well as inside the church. This hypothesis
> may thus shed light on models such as that held by
> King Gagik at Agh'tamar. The models might also
> reflect a broader, self-referential trend in Armenian
> architecture of the tenth century and later.
> In considering the performative, iconographic, and
> practical roles of stone models in the Transcaucasus,
> Dr. Maranci will provide a new framework for
> understanding an understudied yet striking tradition of
> medieval art.
> This lecture is being given in memory of Arshag
> Merguerian (1926-2005), architect and an active
> member and friend of NAASR for nearly fifty years. The
> expenses for the lecture will be covered by funds
> contributed to NAASR following his passing in 2005.
> June 7, 2007
> 8:00 p.m.
> NAASR Center
> 395 Concord Ave.
> The NAASR Bookstore will open at 7:30 p.m.
Dr. Maranci's book Medieval Armenian Architecture:
> Constructions of Race and Nation will be available
> for purchase and signing by the author.
* Parking is available around the NAASR building
> and in adjacent areas on Concord Avenue.
> phone: 617-489-1610
> web: http://www.naasr.org
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