Traditional Armenian Hagiography by
Byzantium had its icons and mosaics while the
Arabs had their elaborate calligraphy. The formidable Armenian civilization - caught
between these two expanding powers - had its hagiography known as Illuminating Cilician
This magnificent art form depicting the
animated lives of the saints has been a major part
of the Armenian culture since the middle ages. This sacred and protected style
of art has passed down through the tumultuous centuries, commonly buried to
protect it from invading hordes and genocides.
The magnificence of the miniatures comes in its use
of vibrant colors: rich hues of blues, reds, illuminating gold – and the expressive details
of the faces.
met Artur at the Echmiadzin Cathedral near
Yerevan and was immediately impressed by his humble devotion
to his art that emanated from his the soul as both a devotion to God
and Armenian heritage. All paintings signed in back by artist
These illuminating works of art embellish any
room with both color and story.
An image - in the case of the Cilician Miniatures - is worth 1000 words.