"The Missing Pages: The Modern Life of a Medieval Manuscript from Genocide to Justice"
Lecture by Heghnar Zeitlian Watenpaugh
Thursday, October 24, 2019
Art history, histories of genocide, cultural heritage, and the questions of the continuity of the medieval and the modern intersect in the biography of a medieval Armenian Gospels manuscript. Eight of its illuminated pages were discovered in the J. Paul Getty Museum in 2010, prompting a lawsuit. The tale of the separation of the pages from the manuscript tells a story of genocide and survival, and makes the case for a human right to art.