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14 February 2018Study Day on the Art and Architecture in Armenia and Georgia.
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Study Day on the Art and Architecture in Armenia and Georgia. Clare Ford-Wille Wednesday 14 February 2018

Wednesday, 14 February 2018 @ 10:00 am – 3:30 pm


United Reform Church
21 Bluehouse Ln
Oxted RH8

Clare Ford-Wille will reveal stunning examples of church architecture and decoration from a region full of early Christian buildings.

Armenia and Georgia have had chequered histories, but much remains from their rich artistic past. Armenia was the first country to adopt Christianity in 301 A.D. and churches built during this early period in both places exhibit highly sophisticated experiments in dome construction and masonry techniques.  Of particular beauty are the ‘khatchkars’ (carved crosses) unique to Armenia.   Georgian and Armenian illuminated manuscripts glow with vivid colours and the 19th century artistic revival is diverse and fascinating.

Image:  Passage of the Red Sea, 1266 from a medieval Armenian Bible in the Armenian Patriarchate Library Jerusalem