Fragmentary Codex Vark' Haranc' - Lives of the Fathers

Manuscripts of the Institut de France – Faksimile Verlag – mss A - M – Institut de France (Paris, France)

Probably Amida (Turkey) — 16th century

An only fragmentarily preserved and all the more valuable highlight of Armenian book illumination: The eremitical life of the desert fathers in luminous miniatures as monastic ideal

  1. The so-called Desert Fathers were early Christian hermits who lived an ascetic life in the deserts of Egypt and Syria

  2. The fragment of five leaves is an exceptional testimony of the Armenian tradition of Vark' Haranc', a collection of vitae of the Desert Fathers

  3. The surviving text is accompanied by eight miniatures of exceptional vibrancy and astonishingly dynamic expression

Fragmentary Codex Vark' Haranc' - Lives of the Fathers

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Fragmentary Codex Vark' Haranc' - Lives of the Fathers

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Codicology

Alternative Titles
Codex Vark' Haranc' - Das Leben der Wüstenväter
Vite dei Padri
Varkh Harants
Il codice frammentario Vark' Haranc'
Vite dei Padri del Deserto
Size / Format
10 pages / 28.5 × 20.0 cm
Origin
Turkey
Date
16th century
Language
Script
Notrgir
Illustrations
3 full-page miniatures, 5 large miniatures and 2 decorated initials
Content
Fragments from the Vitae of Saints Onuphrius, Macarius of Egypt, Macarius of Rome, Theophilus and Pambo of Nitria, as well as Prince Nerses and one other, who live according to the vow of poverty
Artist / School

Available facsimile editions:
Manuscripts of the Institut de France – Faksimile Verlag – mss A - M – Institut de France (Paris, France)
Nova Charta – Venice, 2021
Limited Edition: 199 copies
Facsimile Editions

#1 Vite dei Padri

Nova Charta – Venice, 2021

Publisher: Nova Charta – Venice, 2021
Limited Edition: 199 copies
Commentary: 1 volume by Alberto Peratoner, Anna Sirinian, Vahan Ohanian, Gaia Petrella, Hamazasp Kechichian, and Cristina Campo
Language: Italian
1 volume: Exact reproduction of the original document (extent, color and size) Reproduction of the five surviving leaves of the original document as detailed as possible (scope, format, colors). The binding may not correspond to the original or current document binding.
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