MVTM Presents Lecture on Textile Treasures of Armenian Churches

Like many collections, the Armenian Orthodox Church treasuries in Istanbul contain objects that were never meant to be displayed in a museum, appear in a book or be part of a scholarly lecture. Their primary purpose was to serve, honor, and glorify God. Acquired over many centuries, such objects were more than thread, cloth, metal, stone, and wood and were definitely more than complicated composition and elaborate iconography. They were a physical testament to religious belief that symbolized the intense spiritual conviction of the lay community.

On Wednesday, March 19, Ron Marchese, Professor Emeritus, University of Minnesota, Duluth, will discuss these treasures in the lecture Art and Faith: Armenian Church Collections of ConstantinopleProfessor Marchese was co-director of the excavations at Plataiai in Greece from 1999-2009, which were carried out by the Austrian Institute of Archaeology and the University of Minnesota-Cambridge University-University of Vienna-Thebes Archaeological Museum. He has also worked on archaeological surveys in Russia and Turkey and excavated in Israel and Turkey. Author of numerous books and articles, he is the recipient of awards for two recent books on textiles and relics from Armenian Orthodox churches in Istanbul.

Admission to this event is by donation. The lecture will be held at 7:30 p.m. in the Museum’s Learning Center. For more information call the Museum at 613 256-3754 x6 or The Mississippi Valley Textile Museum is located at 3 Rosamond St. E. in Almonte.

L to R.: Marine Vardanyan, Dr. Ronald Marchese, Vartush Mesropyan,   and Konrad Siekierski.
Photo: Barlow Der Mugrdechian

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