© Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2011 DOI : 10.1163/157006711X561749 Medieval Encounters 17 (2011) 147-166 brill.nl/me Medieval Jewish, Christian and Muslim Culture Encounters in Confluence and Dialogue Locating Armenia Christina Maranci* Department of Art and Art History, Tufts University, 11 Talbot Avenue, Medford, MA 02155, USA *E-mail: email@example.com Abstract Armenia has occupied a shadowy position, at best, within general histories of medieval art. This essay considers the historiographical, methodological and pedagogical dimensions of the problem. Using the seventh-century church of Mren as a case study, I argue that Arme- nia belongs not at the center of medieval art, as Josef Strzygowski wished it to be, nor at the periphery, but rather may serve to critique the very notion of a disciplinary terra firma . Keywords Armenia, Transcaucasus, Josef Strzygowski, Mren In 2008, a twelfth-century cross-stone ( khachk‘ar ) arrived at the Metro- politan Museum of Art on long-term loan from the Republic of Armenia. 1 On display to the left of the grand staircase, the nearly 2000-pound basalt stele stands on a white plinth and rises some eight feet into the air. The cross, executed and framed in sculpted interlace, forms a dramatic depar- ture from the many small-scale works
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Published: Jan 1, 2011
Keywords: Josef Strzygowski; Transcaucasus; Mren; Armenia
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