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Gevorg Bashindjagyan
The artistic career of Gevork Bashindjagyan, the patriarch of landscape painting in Armenia,spans more than four decades.
Date Added: Wednesday August 02, 2006 12:55:54

Hakob Hakobyan
The work of the Armenian painter Hakob Hakobyan is a most important contribution to the artistic culture of Armenia.
Date Added: Wednesday August 02, 2006 13:05:06

Roudolf Khachatrian
Once, being a young boy, Roudolf was painting in the park near the Opera Square. He was then fourteen. And he felt someone breathing behind. When he turned, he saw an old man, who gave him an address and said: "Come and bring all of your works". The boy went, and when the old man looked at the works, he exclaimed: "Leonardo is back!" Earlier the boy was thinking, that he was painting like Repin. It appeared even better.
Date Added: Wednesday August 02, 2006 13:07:58

Minas Avetisyan
Austere and majestic is the beauty of Armenia. Bathed in light and colour, pampered and caressed by the sun beneath whose strong rays the whole earth comes to life, this land has given the world not a few talented painters.
Date Added: Wednesday August 02, 2006 13:11:58

Grigor Khandjyan
In the galaxy of masters that have made the fine arts in Armenia what they are today a pride of place belong to Grigor Khandjyan. The artist, a brilliant book illustrator, painter, tapestry designer, is well - known and his art is liked far beyond its borders.
Date Added: Wednesday August 02, 2006 13:15:48

Archile Gorky
Arshile Gorky is Armenian-born American painter, whose work combined geometric abstraction and quasi-figurative surrealism, and who acted as a major link between European surrealism and United States abstract expressionism. Gorky was described by Andre Breton as the most important painter in American history.
Date Added: Wednesday August 02, 2006 13:16:44

Martiros Saryan
Martiros Saryan was one of the pleiad of major cultural figures of Armenia at the turn of the century. His work, in common with the library contributions of O.Tumanian and A Isaakian, those of T.Toramanian and A.Tamanian in architecture, and of Komitas in national music, set the standard of national art, and laid the foundations for its flowering in the Soviet period.
Date Added: Wednesday August 02, 2006 13:19:03

Hovhannes (Ivan) Aivazovsky
Aivazovsky"s Art is the art of Man and Humanity; it is the denunciation of oppression and despotism. He is the artist of the first for freedom, and the true advocate of Mother Nature.
Martiros Saryan
Date Added: Wednesday August 02, 2006 13:21:33

Introduction to Armenian Painting
If painting in its broadest meaning is the representation of an image on a flat surface - on walls (fresco), on wood (icon), in manuscripts (miniature), on canvas (painting), on floors (mosaic) - we know the history of Armenian painting almost exclusively from the study of the decoration of manuscripts. Monumental wall painting was practiced in Armenia, but was much less generalized than neighboring Byzantine or Coptic traditions and very little of what was produced has survived. The extent Armenian mosaics are strongly influenced by foreign traditions. Icon painting was never practiced in Armenia. Canvas painting is relatively plentiful, but dates for the most part to the eighteenth century and later. Thus, whereas the history of Byzantine painting in the Middle Ages is dependent as much (perhaps even more) on architectural decoration -- mosaics and frescoes - and icons as on illuminations, the Armenian tradition is known almost exclusively from miniature paintings.
Date Added: Saturday August 26, 2006 06:42:44

Arts of Armenia: Frescoes, Mosaics & Ceramics
The excavations of the Urartian fortress of Arin Berd-Erebuni, the first settlement of Erevan and the site from which the capital of Armenia got its name, uncovered extensive fragments of wall painting.
Date Added: Saturday August 26, 2006 07:02:45

Arts of Armenia: Metalwork and Engravings
The Armenian plateau, rich in ores, was one of the first places to practice metallurgy and was ahead of neighboring regions in the use of copper and iron. Throughout history Armenians have been master metalworkers and jewelers. There is a near continuous tradition of metal objects from the first millennium B.C. to the present. Armenian metal craft can be divided conveniently, if arbitrarily, into three categories: 1) silver and bronze coins; 2) gold and silver works of art; and 3) bronze and other non-precious metal objects. Under the Orontid (Ervandian, fourth to second century B.C.) and Artaxiad (Artashesian, second to first century B.C.) Armenian dynasties, the minting of coins provided the art of engraving a natural outlet. During the first ten Christian centuries, however, Armenians did not strike coins. It is only under Cilician Armenian dynasties of the twelfth to the fourteenth centuries that the numismatic tradition of the Artaxiads is renewed.
Date Added: Saturday August 26, 2006 07:25:39

Music and the Art of the Book
Folk music plays an important part in Armenia"s rich artistic heritage. It is eminently traditional and has a resonance characterized by a delicate structure. Naturally, even today it has an important place in the life of the people. Armenian music is ancient in origin and continuous in development as seen from pre-Christian mural paintings, archaeological finds, the earliest historical chronicles, mediaeval miniatures, and the songs themselves, some of which have transmitted elements from pagan civilization.
Date Added: Saturday August 26, 2006 07:28:33

Khachatour Abovyan
Khachatour Abovian, the great enlightener and founder of the new Armenian literature, the first novelist, was born in Kanaker (Yerevan), in an Armenian patriarchal family. Very young, he witnessed sufferings of his people under foreign yoke and he made an oath “to live and die for the sake of the Motherland”.
Date Added: Saturday August 26, 2006 08:13:46

Vardan Aigektsi
Vardan Aigektsi, contemporary with Mkhitar Gosh, was a significant fable writer and preacher. He was born in the Village Marouta of the Province Tlouk in Cilicia. Educated in the Monastery of Arkakaghin, he received the degree of vardapet and devoted himself to preaching.
Date Added: Saturday August 26, 2006 08:15:44

Aksel Bakoonts
Aksel Bakoonts (Akexander Tevosian), the master of short story writing, was born on the city of Goris (Zangezour). He was educated at a local school, afterwards at the Gevorgian theological Seminary in Etchmiadzin. Hi started as a librarian and teacher.
Date Added: Saturday August 26, 2006 08:19:16

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