YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–At the opening ceremonies–of the exhibition entitled "Christian Armenia – 1700" in the National Picture Gallery of Armenia that took place July 27th–Gallery Director Shahen Khachatrian reminded Armenia’s–that entering the 21st century the Armenia’s not to forget their rich history.
The "Christian Armenia-1700" exhibition consists of three parts. The first is dedicated to the Armenian miniaturists of the 9th-16th centuries. Alongside works by well-known artists such as Toros Roslin–Momik–the exhibit also features works by more obscure artists. The second part of the exhibit is a display of icons made in during the 1st-18th centuries–mainly works by unknown artists as well as works by Hovnatan Hovnatanian and Naghash Hovnatan. There also two works by Momik: Bas-Reliefs of God-Father–and the Virgin and the infant Jesus. The third hall exhibits a myriad of Armenian fine art. It exhibits paintings by such prominent Armenian artists as Hovhannes Ayvazovsky–Vardges Sureniants–Martiros Saryan–Minas Avetisian–Panos Terlemezian–Hakob Kojoyan–Grigor Khanjian–Sargis Muradian–Zhansem–Hakob Hakobian and others.
Besides paintings–the exhibition also presents sculptures–Gospels–khachkars (cross-stones)–Church plate–tableware–and photographs. The exhibition displays a total of 250 artifacts from the National Picture Gallery of Armenia–the Museum of History and the funds of the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin. The painting by Ayvazovsky–"Chaos," was promised to Armenian art-lovers a month ago was not among the exhibits. It was explained by Vice-Chairman of the 1700th Anniversary Celebration Steering Committee Khosrov Haroutiunian who said that transportation of the painting from Venice to Armenia was a rather long process–but he promised that it would be among the other exhibits within the next few weeks.
The exhibition will continue for several months. The "Armenia to its Benefactors" exhibition will open in the same building in September.