In 301 C.E., the Armenian
people became the first to adopt Christianity as their
official religion, and Nersessian (curator of Armenian
collections at the British Library) celebrates 1700
years of Armenian Christian art in this exhibition
catalog. Armenia's precarious political and geographical
position directly affected the spread of Christianity,
the place of the Armenian church in Christendom, and the
development of a uniquely Armenian iconography.
Unfortunately, this position also led to invasion and
foreign rule throughout much of Armenia's history. The
photos cover sculpture, metal works, textiles, carved
wood, ceramics, and manuscripts, while the text builds a
firm foundation through coverage of geography, history,
religion, and politics, showing how religion and
language held the Armenians together . . .