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Le point sur l'architecte arménien Trdat-Tiridate : à l'occasion du millénaire de son œuvre

Abstract : The architect Trdat (Tiridate) is one of the leading figures in medieval Armenian art. He worked in Ani, the capital of Bagratid Armenia, and in its region in the late 10th and early 11th century. He is the author of the famous Ani Cathedral. But what do we know about him and especially about his work as a whole? What about the many attributions that some researchers have credited to him? The purpose of this article is to try to answer these questions. It is based for this on the study of the monuments concerned and on the testimony of the historian Stephen of Taron who lived at this period and who mentions the great architect. Particularly important, a passage from this testimony recounts Trdat's intervention in Constantinople to restore the dome of St. Sophia after the earthquake of 989. Interesting details concern, in particular, the method used by the architect, who employed a plan and then a model, before moving on to execution. The study also highlights the innovations introduced by Trdat in his works, characteristic of the "Ani school": the vertical momentum expressed in the bundle pillars, the arches with several rolls, sometimes pointed, and the fine exterior blind colonnade-arcade, as well as new types of portals and window decoration.
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Patrick Donabédian. Le point sur l'architecte arménien Trdat-Tiridate : à l'occasion du millénaire de son œuvre. Cahiers Archeologiques, A. et J. Picard, 1991, 39, pp.95-110. ⟨halshs-02548834⟩



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