Azad-Hye, Dubai, 23 March 2006: Mayda Saris (maiden surname Yeretsian), art director of the Istanbul-based ?Agos? Armenian weekly and author of ?The Armenian Painting from the Beginning to the Present? will visit
On 24th March 2006 she will meet the Cypriot Armenians in Utudjian Hall (
Both events are organized by Hamazkayin Cultural and Educational Association. A slide presentation and book signing will follow the lectures.
In November 2005 Mayda Saris toured several cities in the
Most of the visits were sponsored by the Turkish Armenians living in the
“Our ancient civilization has left its traces in
Saris was born in
?It is not easy not to be emotional when visiting
The illustrated book originally was published in Turkish and later was translated into English and published by ?Agos?. The 264-page volume contains 400 beautiful pictures. Among other painters the author notes the name of Yervand Oskan Efendi, founder of the school of fine arts. The book includes the names of Armenian painters in alphabetical order. The author gives a comprehensive overview of the origin of the Armenian people, their folklore, lifestyle, culture, art and faith, which has been source of inspiration for the Armenian artists and architects throughout centuries.
From the website of Mayda Saris:
In the preface of her book Mayda Saris cites the following writing from a medieval Cilician manuscript which expressly indicates the degree of devotion of the Armenian artists' to their art.
“Dear readers, as I write these lines the barbarians have arrived in the city of
What was left behind from the above message was a last page, hastily illustrated and a touching sentence written with deep emotion: “Please kindly commemorate this painter …”
Shaken by the imploring cry emerging from a 13th century manuscript, Mayda felt exceedingly sorry for her lack of knowledge about these worthy and respectable people whose devotion was so genuine that even the threat of death would not stop them from performing their art. It was quite sad that these talented masters, mostly of Anatolian origin, were not known in their own country, even though they had acquired great reputation abroad. To eliminate this contradiction and fill the historical gap was indeed the moral obligation of the Armenians from
Let us hear the rest of the story from the author:
“As a researcher in Art History, particularly in Armenian Art, I took on the challenge with the motivation of reviving the spirit of the cultural and artistic heritage of the Armenian people from
Website of the Organization of Istanbul Armenians of Los Angeles: http://www.oia.net/
Website of Mayda Saris:
E-mail of Mayda Saris at ?Agos? weekly: [email protected]
Left photo: book of Jean Kehayan translated from French to Turkish by Mayda Saris.