Levon ChookaszianChercheur invité

Janvier - Mars 2020

Prof., Dr. Levon Chookaszian is the author of two monographs (“Grigor Tsaghkogh”,Yerevan,1986 and “Arshag Fetvadjian”,Yerevan,2011)and three books (“Vladimir Atanian,The Art and the Life”, Los Angeles, 2010, “Anatoli Avetyan, Metal Works, Painting, Sculpture”, Yerevan, 2011, “The History of the Exploration of the Armenian Medieval Art (1830-ees-1950)”,Yerevan,2016) and around four hundred articles and reviews on Armenian art. Between 1978-1996 he was a Senior Fellow and Professor of Armenian Art at the Center for Armenian Studies in the Yerevan State University. In 1996 he received the grant of UNESCO and established the UNESCO Chair of Armenian Art History and Art History Department at Yerevan State University. Since then and till 2018 he was a director of that Chair. Currently he is a director of the Chair of Armenian Art History and Theory at Yerevan State University. Between 1992-2019 he was invited to give numerous lectures on Armenian art at Italy (Universities in Bologna and in Ravenna, Venice, Pisa, Siena), USA (National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.,Walters Art Gallery in Baltimore, Bellevue Art Museum in Seattle, Columbia University, State University of New York at Albany, Wayne State University at Detroit,Cleveland State, Dirborn – Michigan, Emory University in Atlanta, Berkeley, UCLA, Fresno State, Irvine, Brigham Young University at Provo, University of Utah, Pasadena Public Library), Canada (Concordia University in Montreal),UK (East Anglia University in Norwich), Lebanon (Balamand University and Greek Orthodox Center in Beyrouth), Greece (Aristotle University in Thessaloniki), Germany (Halle university in Halle, Lepsiushalle in Potzdam), France (Aix-en Province and Montpelier universities), Hungary (Central European University in Budapest),and Romania (New Europe college in Bucharest,University of Bucharest, Institute of South East European Studies of Bucharest, Academy of Fine Arts of Bucharest). In 2015 he was elected as member of Ambrosiana Academy in Milano (Italy) and in 2016 he was elected as corresponding member of Academy of Montpelier (France).



Monographs and Books

  •  Grigor Calkol (monograph), Yerevan, Yerevan State University Press, 1986, 162 pages, 110 ill., (in Armenian, with French Summary).
  • Tvorcestvo  Torosa Roslina v kontekste kulturnyx svjazei svjazei kilikii”skoi”Armenii   XIII  veka. (The Art of Toros Roslin in the context of the cultural relations of Cilician  Armenia of the13th century ).Summary of Dissertation,Moscow,2001, 60 pages.
  • Arshag Fetvadjian (monograph),(Masters and Treasures of Armenian Art,1), Yerevan,2011, 187pp.,80color ill.,30 black & white ill.(in Armenian, with English and Russian Summaries)
  • Hay mijnadaryan kerparvesti patmutyun (The History of the Exploration of the Armenian Medieval Art)(1830-1950),Yerevan,2016,154pp.(in   Armenian).


  • Rubens und die Armenier. Wiener Jahrbuch fur Kunstgeschichte,Bd. XXXII, 1979, Wien-Koln-Graz, pp. 41-48.
  • On the Portrait of Prince Levon (Ms. Yerevan 8321), Revue des Etudes Armeniennes, T. 25, Paris, 1994-1995, p.299-335.
  • On a Newly-Discovered Carved Wooden Panel, Journal of Society of Armenian Studies, vol. 7, Dearborn-Michigan,1996,p. 47-69.
  • Once again on the Subject of Prince Lewon’s Portrait.  Journal of Society of Armenian Studies, vol. 10, Dearborn-Michigan, 1999, p. 47-69. 
  • On a Portrait of Prince Levon and Princess Keran. Journal of Armenian Studies (Boston), vol. VI, No.2, 2000-2001, p.73-88.
  • L’Ouvre de T’oros Roslin et l’enluminure byzantine. Revue des Etudes Armeniennes, T. 28, Paris, 2001-2002, p.399-424.
  • Armensk bokmaleri Kilikia i 1100-og 1200-arene. Kirke & Kultur, Eksotisk Kristen Kunst, Oslo, Norway, 2003, 4,  p.339-350.
  • The five portraits of King Levon II(1270-1289) of Armenian Kingdom  of Cilicia and their  connections to the art of Mediterranean area.Medioevo: Immagini e Ideologia,Atti del Convegno Internazionale di Studi, Parma, Italy,23-27  settembre 2002, a cura  di A.Carlo Quintavalle, Milano, Electa, 2005, p.129-137.
  • Pittori armeni in Italia. Giornate dell’amicizia italo-armena,Yerevan, 2005,p.129-134.  
  • Les enlumineurs  armeniens au Moyen Age.L’artista a Bisanzio e nel mondo cristiano-orientale,A cura di M.Bacci,Scuola Normale  Superiore Pisa,Pisa,2007, p.211-253.
  • The Motif of the Sphinx in the Decoration of Manuscripts Illuminated by Toros Roslin”. Between Paris and Fresno, Armenian Studies in Honor of Dickran Kouymjian, Ed. by B.Der Mugrdechian (Armenian  Studies Series,# 13),Costa Mesa, 2008, p.65-90. 
  • Armenian  Art and its Relationship with the Arts of the Mediterranean World”. Forschungsbericht, Herbst 2006-Winter 2008, Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz,Max-Planck-Institut, Herausgeber: A.Nova, G.Wolf, Florenz, 2009, S. 209-211.    
  •  L’art occidental, l’art français et la miniature arménienne du XIIIe siècle. L’Église arménienne entre Grecs et Latins, fin XIe-milieu XVe siècle, Textes réunis par I.Augé & G.Dédéyan, Préface J.-P.Mahé, Paris,2009,p.107-132.       
  • On the Full Page Illustrations of the Last Judgment in the Art of Armenian Miniaturist of the 13th century Toros Roslin. Logos im Dialogos:Auf der Suche Nach der Orthodoxie,Gedenkschrift für Hermann Goltz (1946-2010), Hrsg.von A.Briskina-Müller, A.Drost-Abgarjan,A.Meißner,LIT-Verlag,Berlin-Münster-Wien-Zürich-London,2011,S. 283-302.
  • About Miniaturist Grigor Mlijetsi and the Illustrations of the Lviv Gospel of 1197. Series Byzantina, Studies on Byzantine and Post-Byzantine Art, XV, Warsaw, 2017, p.11-31.
  • Les miniatures arméniennes de Cilicie du XIII e siècle et l'art    français. Bulletine de l'Academie de Sceances et Lettres de Montpellier, Communications presentes en 2017, Sceance du 11 decembre 2017, Vol. 48 (2017), p.1-12.
  • Metal covers of the certain Armenian manuscripts and books from the eastern European collections. On the Borderline between the East and the West, Materials of the International Conference dedicated to the 90th anniversary of Yaroslav Dashkevych (December 13-14, 2016, Lviv), Lviv, 2018, p.319-323.
  • Carzou Jean Mari (Zulumyan Garnik Harutyuni) Saur Allgemeines Kunstlerlexikon, Die bildenden Kunstler aller Zeiten   und Volker  Munchen-Leipzig,Ibid,Bd.7,1997, S.41-42.
  • Chaban (Chabanian, Heran-Chaban) Heran Arseni, Bd. 18,1998, S.39-40.
  • Chabanian Arsen, Ibid, S. 40.
  • Chahnazar (Kouymdjian Chahnazar), Ibid, S. 71.                                                                                      
  • Chahnour (Kerestedjian) Chahan Zakari, Ibid.
  • Chiltian Grigor Hovhannesi, Ibid, S. 544-545.
  • Galfayan Zareh,  Ibid, Bd.47,2005,S. 453-454.
  • Galibciyan (Kalebdjian) Iren Onniki, Ibid,S.467.
  • Garo John, Ibid,Bd.49,2006, S.391-392.
  • Gasparian Elia, Ibid, Bd.50,2006, S. 14.
  • Gasparian  Ervand, Ibid,S.14-15.


Research project: The influence of the French art on Armenian Architects, Painters and Sculptors (1855-1965).

The project focuses on the influences of French artists on the aesthetic orientations, style and technique of Armenian architects, painters and sculptors of the 19-20th centuries who were educated in Paris or established there.

 Armenian-French artistic relations are known since 9th century and became stronger in 13-14th centuries due to arrival of the Crusaders in the Holy Land.   The first Armenians who were educated in Paris were those who entered the college St. Barbe - members of the famous Balian family from Constantinople (Hakob in 1855-1858, Nikoghos till 1845, Sargis in 1848).