Armenian artist, Ariel (Haroutin) Agemian’s “reproduction of Christ from The Shroud of Turin, is considered the most exact by experts in the scientific research field,” writes a blogger at PeopleOfAr (click on the picture at right for a larger image).
But there is much more in this posting. It is a wonderful sampling of Agemian’s religious and non-religious art. There is another painting of Christ that looks quite different and is very interesting.
Armenian artist, Ariel (Haroutin) Agemian is an artist-writer with the dual expression of idealist and materialistic art. He was always the artist who demonstrated the myriad of experiences and appearances in the existence of life. Ariel was born in Brussa, Turkey. At the age of five he witnessed the Massacre of Armenians and the death of his father. He was then separated from his mother and brother and taken by the Mekhitarist Monks to Rome and soon onto Venice where he was educated until he was 18 years old. He received the degree of “Maestro d’Arte and a full professorship in art from the Academie of Fine Arts in Venice and a doctorate in Philosophy from the University of Padua, Italy. In 1937 he came to America. Agemian was a representative of the school of academic realism and a skillful master of composition. During his artistic career in Europe he received two Gold Medals in art, from the “Association Artistiques” in Venice and the “Artistes Critiques” in Paris. He has painted national themes reflecting the ancient as well as the contemporary history of the Armenian people. Agemian was also a portraitist and a landscapist. He has painted murals with spiritual as well as secular themes. They can be found in Armenian and Eastern Rite Catholic Churches in France, Italy, Turkey, and in America in Belmont, Roxbury and Indian Orchard Massachusetts, and Philadelphia and Wynnewood Pennsylvania. In addition to those works, there are paintings in the Mekhitarist College in Venice, the Monastery on the Island of San Lazzaro and also several homes of friends in the USA.