Venezia Arti
27 | 2018 | Discovering the Art of Medieval Caucasus (1801-1945)

Venezia Arti
27 | 2018 | Discovering the Art of Medieval Caucasus (1801-1945)

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Venezia Arti | 27 | 2018 | Discovering the Art of Medieval Caucasus (1801-1945)

Krikor (Grigor) Balakian’s Ruins of Ani
A Surprising Source for Armenian Architecture

Christina Maranci
Tuft University, Medford, MA
christina.maranci@tufts.edu

DOI 10.30687/VA/2385-2720/2018/27/004

Abstract

KKrikor (Grigor) Balakian’s 1910 work, The Ruins of Ani (Ngarakrut‘iwn Anii Aweragnerun Badgerazart), documents the visit of the Armenian Catholicos Matt‘ēos Izmirlean (1845-1910) to Ani in 1909. Largely neglected by historians of architecture, The Ruins of Ani nevertheless offers an extraordinary account of the city and its monuments. After considering Balakian’s sources and scholarly perspectives, this paper explores his report on the buildings and the archaeological museum of Ani, highlighting discrepancies from the known record. Balakian’s often surprising remarks require careful scrutiny and cross-checking; at the same time, they highlight the value of any eyewitness source on Ani composed during the period of Russian control. .

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Ani. Krikor (Grigor) Balakian. Armenian. Historiography. Archaeology.

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Maranci Christina

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Krikor (Grigor) Balakian’s Ruins of Ani

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Journal Article

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en

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http://doi.org/10.14277/VA/2385-2720/2018/27/004

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KKrikor (Grigor) Balakian’s 1910 work, The Ruins of Ani (Ngarakrut‘iwn Anii Aweragnerun Badgerazart), documents the visit of the Armenian Catholicos Matt‘ēos Izmirlean (1845-1910) to Ani in 1909. Largely neglected by historians of architecture, The Ruins of Ani nevertheless offers an extraordinary account of the city and its monuments. After considering Balakian’s sources and scholarly perspectives, this paper explores his report on the buildings and the archaeological museum of Ani, highlighting discrepancies from the known record. Balakian’s often surprising remarks require careful scrutiny and cross-checking; at the same time, they highlight the value of any eyewitness source on Ani composed during the period of Russian control. .

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Venezia Arti

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Vol. 27 | Num. 1 | Dicembre 2018

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Edizioni Ca’ Foscari - Digital Publishing

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2018-12-13

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2018-07-04

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None

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0394-4298

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2385-2720

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Creative Commons 4.0 Attribution alone

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http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

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Ani

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Krikor (Grigor) Balakian

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Armenian

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Historiography

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Archaeology

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