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Gospel Book

Object Details

Title:

Gospel Book

Artists/Makers:

Mesrop of Khizan (Armenian, active 1605 - 1651)

Hayrapet (Armenian, active 1615 - 1680s)

and Mesrop of Khizan (Armenian, active 1605 - 1651)

Culture:

Armenian

Place:

Isfahan, Persia (Place Created)

Date:

1615

Medium:

Tempera colors, gold paint, and gold leaf on glazed paper bound between wood boards covered with brown calf

Object Number:

Ms. Ludwig II 7 (83.MB.71)

Dimensions:

Leaf: 23 × 17.1 cm (9 1/16 × 6 3/4 in.)

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Provenance
Provenance
before 1737

Ust'ay Martiros, Armenian,

1737 -

Private Collection (Isfahan, Iran)

1892 - 1897

Dictator General of the Service des antiquites de l'Egypte, acquired by Jean-Jacques Marie de Morgan in Isfahan, 1897.

1897 -

Jean-Jacques Marie de Morgan, French, 1857 - 1924

- 1971

Jean Félix Anne Pozzi, French, 1884 - 1967 [sold, no. 8, Paris, Hôtel Drouot, April 30, 1971, no. 104]

1974 - 1976

Hans P. Kraus, Sr., American, born Austria, 1907 - 1988 [sold, Christie's, London, November 17, 1976, to Dr. & Mrs. Peter Ludwig.]

1976 - 1983

Dr. Peter Ludwig, German, 1925 - 1996 and Irene Ludwig, German, 1927 - 2010, sold to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1983.

Exhibitions
Exhibitions
The Apocalypse and Other Visions in Medieval Illuminated Manuscripts (April 16 to June 30, 1991) (fols. 193v-194)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum (Malibu), April 16 to June 30, 1991
Treasures in Heaven (May 4 to October 23, 1994) (fols. 193v-194)
  • Pierpont Morgan Library (New York), May 4 to August 7, 1994
  • Walters Art Gallery (Baltimore), August 28 to October 23, 1994
Book Arts of Isfahan: Diversity and Identity in 17th Century Persia (October 24, 1995 to January 14, 1996) (fols. 193v-194)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum (Malibu), October 24, 1995 to January 14, 1996
The Book of Kings: Art, War, and the Morgan Library's Medieval Picture Bible (October 27 to December 29, 2002) (fols. 122v-123)
  • Walters Art Museum (Baltimore), October 27 to December 29, 2002
Shrine and Shroud: Textiles in Illuminated Manuscripts (June 28 to October 2, 2005) (fols. 5v-6)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), June 28 to October 2, 2005
The Gospels in Medieval Manuscript Illumination (October 31, 2006 to January 7, 2007) (fols. 193v-194)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), October 31, 2006 to January 7, 2007
Imagining Christ (May 6 to July 27, 2008) (fols. 193v-194)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), May 6 to July 27, 2008
The Medieval Scriptorium (November 24, 2009 to February 14, 2010) (fols. 193v-194)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), November 24, 2009 to February 14, 2010
"In the Beginning was the Word": Medieval Gospel Illumination (August 30 to November 27, 2011) (fols. 193v-194)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), August 30 to November 27, 2011
Heaven and Earth: Byzantine Illumination at the Cultural Crossroads (March 25 to June 22, 2014) (fols. 193v-194)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), March 25 to June 22, 2014
Armenia (September 21, 2018 to January 13, 2019) (fols. 193v-194)
  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York), September 21, 2018 to January 13, 2019
Bibliography
Bibliography

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Macler, Frédéric. Miniatures Arméniennes: Vies du Christ, Peintures ornamentales (Xe aux XVIIe siècle), Paris, 1913, pp. 29-30, pl. XXXIII XLIV.

Nersessian, Sirapie Der. The Chester Beatty Library. A Catalogue of the Armenian Manuscripts (Dublin: Hodges Figgis, 1958)s, pp. 88-90 (n. 576), pl. 51.

Rhodes, Erroll F. An Annotated List of Armenian New Testament Manuscripts, Tokyo, 1959, p. 158.

Kraus, Hans P., ed. Monumenta Codicum Manu Scriptorum, exh. cat. (New York: H.P. Kraus, 1974), pp. 112-15, n. 45.

Euw, Anton von, and Joachim M. Plotzek. Die Handschriften der Sammlung Ludwig. 4 vols. (Cologne: Schnütgen-Museum, 1979-1985), vol. 1 (1979), pp. 177-81.

Nordenfalk, Carl. Review of Die Handschriften der Sammlung Ludwig, by Anton von Euw and Joachim M. Plotzek. Kunstchronik 33, no. 2 (February 1980).

"Manuscript Acquisitions: The Ludwig Collection." The J. Paul Getty Museum Journal 12, 1984, pp. 285-86.

Soucek, Priscilla P. "New York and Baltimore Armenian illuminated manuscripts." The Burlington Magazine 5 (August 1994), pp. 74-75.

Arakelyan, Mikayel. "The Representations of the Warriors, Their Costumes and Ornament, in the Miniatures of the XVIIth Century Armenian Artist Mesrop Xizanci." Revue des Etudes arméniennes 27 (1998-2000), pp. 379-92.

Chace, Sharon R. Protestant Pulse: Heart Hopes for God (Eugene, Oregon: Resource Publications, 2009), p. 61, fig. at p. 61.

Arakelyan, Mikayel. Mesrop of Xizan: An Armenian Master of the Seventeenth Century (London: Sam Fogg, with Paul Holberton Publishing, 2012), pp. 18-19, 30-31, 56-59, 62, 73-74, 83, 143-44, figs. 48, 63.

Morrison, Elizabeth, Mary Louise Hart, and Justine Andrews. "Splendori dal Bosforo: Arte bizantina a Los Angeles." Alumina: Pagine miniate 12, no. 45, Lucia Mariani, trans. (April-June 2014), p. 52, ill.