This masterpiece of Armenian illumination was created in the
fourteenth century by monks at the theological school of Gladzor,
who copied its text and painted its elaborate cycle of miniatures.
Owned at various times by merchants and princes, the Gladzor
Gospels is now in the special collections library at the University
of California at Los Angeles. This beautiful, informative volume
features color reproductions of most of the manuscript's intricate
miniatures. The author discusses the production of manuscripts in
the Middle Ages, then focuses on the Gladzor Gospels, examining the
historical and social contexts at the time of its creation, the
theological school of Gladzor, and the themes depicted in the
manuscript's brilliant illuminations. This book is published to
coincide with and exhibitions that celebrates the 1700th
anniversary of the founding of the Armenian Church, during which
the manuscript will be displayed at the Getty Museum from August 28
through December 3, 2001.