“Made by These Unworthy Hands” with Dr. Sylvie Merian on Tuesday, November 13th at 7:45 PM

Join the Zohrab Information Center this coming Tuesday, November 13th at 7:45 PM in the Guild Hall to welcome Dr. Sylvie Merian of the Morgan Library and Museum as she presents “Made by These Unworthy Hands”: The Armenian Silversmiths of Kayseri.

This exciting talk is presented in connection with the exhibition Armenia! at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. In the 17th and 18th centuries especially, the Armenians from Kayseri (Caesarea) were known for the excellent craftsmanship of art and devotional objects made in silver. Some of these artworks in silver are on display at the Armenia! exhibition at the Met, and Dr. Merian writes about them in her contribution to the exhibition catalogue, Armenia: Art, Religion, and Trade in the Middle Ages. Dr. Merian will discuss those and other important pieces made by the Armenian silversmiths of Kayseri in her talk for the Zohrab Information Center. There are even connections to the item in the exhibition loaned by the Armenian Diocese, the first printed Armenian Gospel. Come learn about these beautiful pieces of art and about Armenian artists of Kayseri. The talk is sure to enhance any visit to the exhibition!

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Sylvie Merian headshot_May 2017

Sylvie L. Merian received her B.S. degree from the University of Pittsburgh with a double major in chemistry and art history, and her Ph.D. in Armenian Studies from Columbia University, writing a dissertation titled “The Structure of Armenian Bookbinding and Its Relation to Near Eastern Bookmaking Traditions.” As Curatorial Assistant, she contributed extensively to the Pierpont Morgan Library’s 1994 exhibition, Treasures in Heaven: Armenian Illuminated Manuscripts, and was a contributor to the accompanying catalogue. She is also a contributing author of the catalogue for the exhibition, Armenia!, currently at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, which will be open until Jan. 13, 2019. She has published and lectured on Armenian codicology, binding, silverwork, and manuscript illumination. She currently works at The Morgan Library & Museum as Reader Services Librarian.

A reception will follow the talk, and copies of the Armenia! exhibition catalogue, Armenia: Art, Religion, and Trade in the Middle Ages will be available for purchase.

We look forward to seeing you at the Guild Hall of the Armenian Diocese (630 Second Ave.) on Tuesday, November 13th at 7:45.

Please note the day (Tuesday) and time (7:45), which is different from our usual schedule.

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