ISSN 1829-4618


J.Strzygowski was a Polish-Austrian art historian, who is well known for his fundamental studies in the field of Medieval Oriental art.

There is compelling evidence for Strzygowski's specific attraction to Armenia. Although beeingan author of numerous works on eastern regions such as Asia Minor, Syria, and Iran, Strzygowski found in Armenia something quite unique; a Christian (unlike Iran) and Aryan (unlike Asia Minor and Syria) land which had existed as an ethnic and/or national unit since the pre-Christian era. Armenia, according to Strzygowski, constantly struggled to repel foreign influences and maintain its national character.

Although some ideas regarded the origins and development of Armenian art and architectures put forward by J.Strzygowski were disputed by later scholars, his impact on Armenology is great.

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