Ararat-Eskijian Museum and Armenian Rug Society present TREASURES OF FAITH: REFLECTIONS ON ARMENIAN SOCIETY AND CULTURE BY DR. RONALD MARCHESE UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA DULUTH Friday, March 11th 2016 at 7:30 PM Ararat-Eskijian Museum/Sheen Chapel Dr Ronald Marchese will discuss on recently published book “Treasures of Faith: Sacred Relics and Artifacts from the Armenian Orthodox Churches of Istanbul”. Dr Marchese and colleague Dr Marlene Breu are the authors of the book. By the beginning of the 20th century, Ottoman Armenians constituted a significant part of the population of Constantinople. The Armenians had developed a vibrant artistic tradition in music, art (painting and metalwork), and in literature. The contributions of the Armenians shed light on their own concept of identity and place within the Ottoman Empire. This talk will examine various forms of art in which Armenians excelled, and the relationship between that art, and the broader society in which Armenians lived. The presentation will illustrate the continuation of Armenian traditions in art through the early twentieth century.