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Armenia! at The Met: Three Highlights from the Exhibition

C. Griffith Mann

Dr. Mann presents a selection of some of his favorite pieces from the Armenia! exhibition.


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September 2018

Armenia! at The Met: Three Highlights from the Exhibition

In the fall of 2018, The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York presented a large-scale exhibition dedicated to the artistic and cultural achievements of the Armenian people through the Middle Ages. Armenia! was the first of its kind for The Met, spanning a period of fourteen centuries of medieval Armenian art. In a series of five videos for AGBU WebTalks, the curators of the show discussed the significance of this unique exhibition and the works represented in it. Here, Dr. C. Griffith Mann, highlights some of his favorite pieces from the exhibition, exploring their meaning, origins and how they fit into the larger tradition of Christian art.

Dr. C. Griffith Mann has served as The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Michel David-Weill Curator in Charge of the Department of Medieval Art and The Cloisters since September 2013. In this role, he is responsible for the medieval collections and curatorial staff in the Met’s main building, and for directing the staff and operations of the Met Cloisters, the branch of the Metropolitan Museum dedicated to the art and architecture of medieval Europe. Dr. Mann received his B.A. in art history and history from Williams College, and his Ph.D. in medieval art from The Johns Hopkins University. A specialist in the arts of late medieval Italy, he has published on civic patronage, painting, and devotion in Tuscany. As a curator, Dr. Mann has worked on exhibitions on the medieval cult of relics, the art and archaeology of medieval Novgorod, and French manuscript illumination of the 13th century. Dr. Mann formerly served as the Chief Curator and Deputy Director at The Cleveland Museum of Art, where he helped to lead the museum’s reinstallation, acquisition, and exhibition programs, and as medieval curator and Director of the Curatorial Division at The Walters Art Museum, where he worked on exhibitions and the permanent collection.

Topics: Architecture Arts/Culture Religion