AN EXHIBITION ENTITLED "THREE ARMENIAN MANUSCRIPTS FROM TUSCANY (13–14TH CENTURIES)" WILL OPEN IN MATENADARAN FROM JUNE 9, 2019

 The Medici’s Laurentian Library of Italy’s City of Arts, Florence, houses 14 Armenian manuscripts. These manuscripts are evidence of the presence of Armenians and the importance of Armenian culture in Italy, especially in Tuscany (where Armenians had settled already in the Middle Ages).

 On the initiative of the Italian Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Republic of Armenia, H. E. Mr. Vincenzo Del Monaco and under the high patronage of the Presidents of Italy and Armenia, we have been offered an exclusive opportunity of presenting three manuscripts from this remarkable collection to the visitors.
  The exhibition gives a good chance to appreciate once again the Italian-Armenian cultural ties and centuries-old friendly relations.
The following manuscripts will be presented at the exhibition:
MS 790 (St. Mark's Collection)
Psalter and Mass Book, 1369, Budapest, scribe – Tovma, painter – Francesco di Caffa, commissioner – Sargis
MS 1.13 (Pluteus Collection)
Missal, 1353, Pisa, scribe – Archbishop Grigor
MS 1089 (Ashburnham Collection)
  Consecration of a Priest, 1232, Cilicia, scribe – Gevorg, commissioner – Archbishop Hovhannes
  Over the years, manuscripts from Matenadaran’s collection have been taken to various parts of the world to present our manuscript heritage. This exhibition is unique, since for the first time Matenadaran hosts Armenian manuscripts kept in a friendly country. They will be displayed in Matenadaran for seven months.
  Additionally, the manuscripts’ digital pages will be displayed by an interactive multimedia system, which visitors can browse using the touch screen.

“Matenadaran”
 Scientific Research Institute of Ancient Manuscripts named after Mesrop Mashtots


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