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Early christian art lecture series
APUTAYLI'S MEMORIAL: THE ARMENIAN TRADITION OF STANDING STONES
Rowena Loverance
Wednesday 9 May, 18.15-17.30

Khatchk'ar. The State History Museum of Armenia, Erevan 2001.This virtual exhibition was created to accompany a display in the Library's galleries between 2 March and 28 May 2001. The following events took place during that period.

The Khatchk'ar of Aputayli is a stone cross dated 1225 AD. Travellers to Armenia will recognise the khatchk'ar as a striking feature of the religious landscape, whether standing in weather-beaten clusters or embedded in church walls as frozen galleries of Christian motifs. Ranging in date from the ninth to the 18th century, and relating for much of that period to a parallel tradition of Islamic decorated gravestones, khatchk'ars provide information about links with early Christian iconography, methods of cultural transmission and the relationship between symbolic and figural art.

Rowena Loverance, Head of Information and Communications Technology at the British Museum, is a specialist on Byzantine sculpture. In her rôle as co-President of Churches Together in England, she serves as a link between the Orthodox and Oriental Orthodox churches in England and other Christian
churches in England.

Tickets £5.00 (concessions, £3.50)
To book please ring 020 7412 7332, email boxoffice@bl.uk or write to
The British Library Box Office (VS), 96 Euston Road, London NW1 2DB
or come to the Information Desk. Please make cheques payable to 'The British Library'. We also accept payment by Visa and MasterCard. We regret that we are unable to accept debit cards, e.g. Switch or Delta.

 

PER ARDUA AD ASTRAKHAN
Liza Vaughan-Hughes
Sunday 27 May, 15.00-16.15
Liza Vaughan-HughesThese are the words of the Armenian-born writer Dikran Kouyoumdjian, better known as Michael Arlen (1895-1956). In 1923, while in exile, he wrote a runaway bestseller entitled 'The Green Hat'. This novel struck a chord with an entire generation, for it seemed to define exactly who - and where - they were. With paintings and music of the period, and extracts from The Green Hat, Liza Vaughan-Hughes portays the wit, frenzy and folly of the Jazz Age in London café society through the eyes of this 'outsider'. Liza Vaughan-Hughes has acted on stage, television and radio, and has written and read for the BBC. In 1996 she formed Poem Unlimited, to link the spoken word with painting, architecture, music and the decorative arts, and to take the programmes into a variety of settings.

Tickets £5.00 (concessions, £3.50)
To book please ring 020 7412 7332, email boxoffice@bl.uk or write to
The British Library Box Office (VS), 96 Euston Road, London NW1 2DB
or come to the Information Desk. Please make cheques payable to 'The British Library'. We also accept payment by Visa and MasterCard. We regret that we are unable to accept debit cards, e.g. Switch or Delta.

Gallery talks
GALLERY TALKS
Lecturers: Rowena Loverance or Carol Farr
Tuesdays, 18.00-18.45 in April and May

The British Library, Or. 13804Rowena Loverance is curator and staff lecturer with the British Museum Education Service, covering Medieval, Post- Medieval and Islamic Collections. A former lecturer in Ancient History and Classical Archaeology in the University of Sheffield she is a Byzantine specialist and was editor for ten years of the 'Bulletin of Byzantine Studies'. She excavates in Greece and Cyprus and has led many tours to the Mediterranean. Her publications include 'Byzantium'.

Dr Carol Farr is a former Associate Professor of Art History, University of Alabama in Huntsville. She is continuing her research on early medieval art and has published material on such topics as the Book of Kells and early medieval art in Ireland and Britain.

3, 10, 17, 24 April
1, 8, 15, 22, May
Admission is Free. No advance booking is required

 

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The illustration in the top bar is a detail from a pair of doors from the Church of St Karepet. Private Collection.

The exhibition is generously supported by Vatche and Tamar Manoukian and the Manoukian Charitable Foundation.