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[GUIDED TOUR 導賞] Illustrious Illuminations II 輝煌的啟示(貳):十一世紀至十八世紀的亞美尼亞及格魯吉亞基督宗教手稿
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“Illustrious Illuminations II: Armenian and Georgian Manuscripts from the Eleventh to the Eighteenth Century ” Exhibition

The University Museum and Art Gallery (UMAG) of the University of Hong Kong (HKU) is delighted to organise a second exhibition with the McCarthy Collection from March 31 to June 11, 2017. “Illustrious Illuminations II: Armenian and Georgian Manuscripts from the Eleventh to the Eighteenth Century” presents, for the first time in Hong Kong, an exquisite selection of bound volumes, prayer scrolls and illuminated leaves illustrating the Christian Gospel from the Eastern Mediterranean.

Armenian illustrated manuscripts are some of the most lavishly decorated codices of the Christian churches from the Middle East. The Gospels are paramount among these, primarily because of the Armenian community’s respect for the sacred texts, revering them in the same way that Greek and Russian Christians regard holy icons. Such texts were carried into war by Armenian rulers and individual copies of the Gospels were often given sacred names and believed to hold miraculous powers.

Few Armenian manuscripts predate the Middle Ages. Individual examples of manuscripts from the seventh century are among the earliest known. Since the eighth century, Arab domination within Armenia largely suppressed Christian artistic expression, and no work is known prior to the end of the Caliphate in the mid-ninth century. Although a few manuscripts survive from the later ninth and tenth centuries, extant Armenian illustrated manuscripts are not common until the twelfth and thirteenth centuries. Examples from these early periods begin the exhibition’s chronological display, introducing the tradition of teaching the Gospel through both word and image. The show is then complemented by a set of Georgian Gospel leaves illustrating the Evangelists.

We are grateful to Robert McCarthy for his generosity in sharing these many fine works with the general public. This exhibition will be a worthy continuation of the first display of Western manuscripts from the McCarthy Collection at UMAG in 2015.

《輝煌的啟示 (貳):十一世紀至十八世紀的亞美尼亞及格魯吉亞基督宗教手稿》展覽

香港大學美術博物館與麥卡錫蒐藏再次合作,榮獻《輝煌的啟示 (貳):十一世紀至十八世紀的亞美尼亞及格魯吉亞基督宗教手稿》展覽。該展將為香港首呈一批精選典藏,包括合訂本,祈禱書捲軸,及來自東地中海地區的基督教福音書彩繪手抄本葉冊。

亞美尼亞彩繪手抄本是中東基督教教會一些裝飾最為奢華的範例。福音書彩繪手抄本為其中之集大成者,這主要是因為亞美尼亞會衆極為尊崇聖經文本,其程度就如同希臘和俄羅斯東正教徒對於聖像的尊崇。這些手抄本經常被亞美尼亞的統治者們携入戰場,一些福音書的複製單品也常常被賦予聖名,被認為具有神奇的力量。

少數幾件亞美尼亞的彩繪手抄本來自中世紀以先。成於公元七世紀的彩繪手抄本單例是已知最早的此類文獻。自公元八世紀起,統治亞美尼亞的阿拉伯人對基督教藝術表達進行了壓制,因而在公元九世紀中期哈里發統治結束以前,該類作品銷聲匿跡。雖有少量成於公元九世紀晚期至公元十三世紀的作品流傳於世,亞美尼亞的彩繪手抄本藝術直到公元十二及十三世紀才最終成就氣候。以本時期的作品為開端,是次展覽將依循年代背景逐一引介這以圖文并茂的形式教導基督教福音的漫長傳統。

來自格魯吉亞描繪有四福音書作者的彩繪手抄本葉冊為本次展覽錦上添花。羅伯特麥卡錫先生在本次展覽中慷慨地與公衆分享了此項珍寶,以及精美的亞美尼亞藝術品,我們向他致以誠摯的謝意。二零一五年香港大學美術博物館同麥卡錫蒐藏合作了西方彩繪手抄本公開展覽,本次盛事將會是該展覽意義深遠的延續。

Date/Time10/06/2017 15:30-16:00
Venue1/F, Fung Ping Shan Building, University Museum and Art Gallery, HKU
LanguageCantonese

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Registration is open from 24/03/2017 14:00(HKT) to 07/06/2017 15:00(HKT) on a first-come-first-served basis.

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