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Adam and Eve at Aghtamar Framed Print
APOSTLES AT HOLY CROSS
Bible Stories in Stone Framed Print
Bible Stories in Stone ©TriciVenola 2016
Few could read, so these ﬁgures proclaimed the Holy Word to all who looked on them. Absolute delight carved in red tufa, these ﬁgures are about 3/4 life-size and protrude about 4 inches from the stone blocks from which they are carved. One pictures the cartoons on paper or canvas ﬁxed to the surface of blocks that stick out farther than those above and below. They would have covered the back of the canvas with pigment and traced the drawings from the front. And then up on ladders, hacking and then tapping away, ﬁnalizing with passion and skill, patiently creating the vivid images in the tedious medium. Armenian art is all based on circles. Its testimony to the expertise of the artists that these ﬁgures carved on stone blocks are all so curvilinear. And those borders!