The Church of the Holy Cross of Ałt‘amar

Politics, Art, Spirituality in the Kingdom of Vaspurakan

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This book is dedicated to an outstanding architectural monument of medieval Armenia – the church of the Holy Cross, built in the tenth century on the island of Ałt‘amar on Lake Van, and a UNESCO world heritage site. This jewel of architecture has been researched mainly from an art historical perspective. The current multi-author volume offers diverse studies aimed at placing the construction of the church in its proper historical, political, religious, and spiritual context. It explores the intellectual climate in the Kingdom of Vaspurakan during the reign of its founder, King Gagik Arcruni, the Kingdom’s relations with Byzantium and the Abbasids, analyzes local historiography, biblical exegesis, hagiography, veneration of the True Cross, and royal ideology. Novel interpretations of architectural features and sculptural decorations close the volume.
Le livre est consacré à l'un des plus importants monuments architecturaux de l'Arménie médiévale, l'église de la Sainte-Croix construite au Xe siècle sur l'île d’Ałt‘amar sur le lac de Van. Elle est inscrite sur la liste du patrimoine mondial de l'UNESCO. Ce joyau de l'architecture arménienne a été étudié principalement dans la perspective de l’histoire de l’art. Le présent volume multi-auteurs propose une diversité d’approches qui placent la construction de cette église dans le contexte historique, politique, religieux et spirituel. Il étudie l’ambiance intellectuelle du Royaume du Vaspurakan durant le règne de son fondateur, le roi Gagik Arcruni, les relations du Royaume avec Byzance et les Abbassides, il analyse l’historiographie locale, l’exégèse biblique, l’hagiographie, le culte de la Vraie Croix et l’idéologie royale. De nouvelles interprétations des particularités architecturales et des décors sculptés achèvent le volume.
Contributors are Krikor Bélédian, Jean-Claude Cheynet, Patrick Donabédian, Bernard Flusin, Tim Greenwood, Gohar Grigoryan, Armen Kazaryan, Davit Kertmenjyan, Sergio La Porta, Jean-Pierre Mahé, Zaroui Pogossian, Robert Thomson (†), Alison Vacca, Edda Vardanyan.

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Biographical Note

Zaroui Pogossian, Ph.D. (2005), is a research associate at the Ruhr-Universität-Bochum (Germany). She has published on numerous aspects of medieval Armenian culture and religion, such as the Armenian Church and the Crusades, monasticism, the role of women and pious foundations, apocalyptic literature and royal ideology.

Edda Vardanyan, Ph.D (2001), is a research fellow at the Institute of Ancient Manuscripts of the Armenian Republic (Matenadaran of Erevan) and, since 2002, an associated scholar at the Centre d’histoire et civilisation de Byzance, Orient & Méditerranée UMR 8167 (Paris). Her research is dedicated to Armenian medieval art.

Table of contents

List of Illustrations
List of Contributors

Préambule
Jean-Pierre Mahé

1 Introduction
Zaroui Pogossian and Edda Vardanyan

2 Historical Tradition, Memory and Law in Vaspurakan in the Era of Gagik Arcruni
Tim Greenwood

3 Byzance et le Vaspurakan au xe siècle
Jean-Claude Cheynet

4 Al-Basfurraǧān and Banū l-Dayrānī: Vaspurakan and the Arcrunik‘ in Arabic Sources
Alison M. Vacca

5 Le culte de la Croix au palais de Constantinople d’après le Livre des cérémonies
Bernard Flusin

6 Relics, Rulers, Patronage: the True Cross of Varag and the Church of the Holy Cross on Ałt‘amar
Zaroui Pogossian

7 La Sainte-Mère-de-Dieu d’Aparank‘ : politique, diplomatie et spiritualité (983–995)
Jean-Pierre Mahé

8 Armenian Biblical Exegesis and the Sculptures of the Church on Ałt‘amar
Robert W. Thomson

9 Beyond Image and Text: Armenian Readings of the Old Testament Scenes on the Church at Ałt‘amar
Sergio La Porta

10 L’invention des images: Une expérience du regard au Vaspurakan
Krikor Beledian

11 Sainte-Croix d’Ałt‘amar. Sens symbolique, architectural et iconographique de la dédicace
Patrick Donabédian

12 The Сhurch of Ałt‘amar: a New Image in the Medieval Architecture
Armen Kazaryan

13 Reflections on the Architecture of the Palace Complex on the Island of Ałt‘amar
David Kertmenjian

14 Les sujets bibliques de la frise de la vigne dans le décor sculpté de l’église de la Sainte-Croix d’Ałt‘amar : le cycle d’Isaac
Edda Vardanyan

15 King Gagik Arcruni’s Portrait on the Church of Ałt‘amar
Gohar Grigoryan
Index

Readership

All interested in medieval history, historiography, hagiography, relics, visual arts and biblical exegesis, art and architecture, particularly Armenian art, including in its political context between Byzantine and Abbasid Empires.

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