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Artful Adventures: Amazing Armenia

"The Artist can make an ordinary lump into a valuable object."

This wise Armenian proverb comes vividly to life in the excellent work on display at the Armenian Library and Museum of America located right in the middle of Watertown Square at 65 Main Street.

Brilliant rugs and textiles, delicate ceramics, ancient coins, an array of liturgical works in metal and impressive weapons of walrus tusk are some of the choice selections from ALMA’s permanent collection of Armenian cultural artifacts that await your viewing pleasure.

Sacred and secular books from the early days of the printing press with their sharp engravings and woodcuts are a joy to behold close-up while the well-preserved pages of Psalters, Hymnals and Gospels from the 11th to the 17th century are a delight of fine detail, vibrant color, animated composition and festive designs.

Works from a more recent Armenian master are on view in a gallery dedicated to famed portrait photographer Yousuf Karsh. Georgia O’Keefe, Winston Churchill and Earnest Hemingway are some of the icons, legends and leaders from the 20th century that all hang together here in gorgeous analog hues.

Crown your Armenian adventure with a trip to nearby Arax Market, Sevan Market and Fastachi further up Mt. Auburn Street where an array of imported treats and delicacies will entertain your other senses.

For more information on the Armenian Library and Museum of America click here.

All images are courtesy of the Armenian Library and Museum of America.

About Author

Paul Fitzgerald (also known as Fitz) is an artist, historian, curator, and a student. He also has a green thumb & a wicked Boston accent.

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