New Book Announcement: "The Missing Pages: The Modern Life of a Medieval Manuscript, from Genocide to Justice" by Heghnar Watenpaugh

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Dear colleagues,


Heghnar Watenpaugh is pleased to announce the publication of the book (with apologies for possible cross-postings):


Heghnar Zeitlian Watenpaugh, The Missing Pages: The Modern Life of a Medieval Manuscript, from Genocide to Justice

(Stanford University Press)



In 2010, the world's wealthiest art institution, the J. Paul Getty Museum, found itself confronted by a century-old genocide. The Armenian Church was suing for the return of eight pages from the Zeytun Gospels, a medieval religious manuscript that had been cleaved in two during the Armenian Genocide. Heghnar Zeitlian Watenpaugh has written the biography of this manuscript through seven centuries, from a medieval scriptorium to a Los Angeles courtroom. At once a story of genocide and survival, of unimaginable loss and resilience, her book captures the human costs of war and persuasively makes the case for a human right to art.


The book was selected as “New and Noteworthy” by the New York Times 


A short excerpt is available here:



Table of Contents:



Chapter 1 Survivor Objects. Artifacts of Genocide

Chapter 2 Hromkla. The God-Protected Castle of Priests and Artists

Chapter 3 Zeytun. The Lost World of Ottoman Armenians

Chapter 4 Marash. The Holy Book Bears Witness

Chapter 5 Aleppo. Survivors Reclaim Their Heritage

Chapter 6 New York. The Zeytun Gospels Enters Art History

Chapter 7 Yerevan. Toros Roslin, Artist of the Armenian Nation

Chapter 8 Los Angeles. The Contest over Art



Heghnar Watenpaugh, Ph.D.

Professor of Art History

Interim Chair of Art History

Department of Art and Art History

University of California

158 Everson Hall

One Shields Avenue

Davis, CA 95616