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Author Watenpaugh, Heghnar Zeitlian, author.

Title The missing pages : the modern life of a medieval manuscript, from genocide to justice / Heghnar Zeitlian Watenpaugh.

Publication Info. Stanford, California : Stanford University Press, [2019]


Location Call No. Status
 GDL Central Library Genocide Memorial Collection    745.6749 WAT    Available
 PAS Central Library Non-Fiction, 3rd Floor  New Shelf  745.6 WAT    DUE 08-10-19
 PAS Santa Catalina Branch Non-Fiction  New Shelf  745.6 WAT    Available
1 copy being processed for PAS Central Library On Order.
1 copy being processed for PAS Santa Catalina Branch On Order.
Description x, 402 pages, 20 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
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Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 370-378) and index.
Contents Survivor objects : artifacts of genocide -- Hromkla : the God-protected castle of priests and artists -- Zeytun : the lost world of Ottoman Armenians -- Marash : the holy book bears witness -- Aleppo : survivors reclaim their heritage -- New York : the Zeytun Gospels enters art history -- Yerevan : Toros Roslin, artist of the Armenian nation -- Los Angeles : the contest over art.
Summary In 2010, the world's wealthiest art institution, the J. Paul Getty Museum, found itself confronted by a century-old genocide. The Armenian Church was suing for the return of eight pages from the Zeytun Gospels, a manuscript illuminated by the greatest medieval Armenian artist, Toros Roslin. Protected for centuries in a remote church, the holy manuscript had followed the waves of displaced people exterminated during the Armenian genocide. Passed from hand to hand, caught in the confusion and brutality of the First World War, it was cleaved in two. Decades later, the manuscript found its way to the Republic of Armenia, while its missing eight pages came to the Getty. The Missing Pages is the biography of a manuscript that is at once art, sacred object, and cultural heritage. Its tale mirrors the story of its scattered community as Armenians have struggled to redefine themselves after genocide and in the absence of a homeland. Heghnar Zeitlian Watenpaugh follows in the manuscript's footsteps through seven centuries, from medieval Armenia to the killing fields of 1915 Anatolia, the refugee camps of Aleppo, Ellis Island, and Soviet Armenia, and ultimately to a Los Angeles courtroom. Reconstructing the path of the pages, Watenpaugh uncovers the rich tapestry of an extraordinary artwork and the people touched by it. At once a story of genocide and survival, of unimaginable loss and resilience, The Missing Pages captures the human costs of war and persuasively makes the case for a human right to art.
Language "All translations from Armenian, Arabic, French, and Turkish are the author's unless otherwise noted."--Page 311.
Subject Tʻoros Ṛoslin, active 13th century -- Manuscripts -- History.
J. Paul Getty Museum -- Trials, litigation, etc.
Illumination of books and manuscripts, Armenian -- History.
Illumination of books and manuscripts, Medieval -- Turkey.
Christian art and symbolism -- Medieval, 500-1500.
Cultural property -- Repatriation -- Armenia (Republic)
Manuscript fragments -- California -- Los Angeles.
Armenian massacres, 1915-1923.
ISBN 9780804790444 (cloth alk. paper)

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