In 1966 a team of Italian scholars coordinated by Géza de Francovich inaugurated a series of study trips to the historic regions of Armenia, with the aim of collecting extensive photographic documentation of medieval churches and monasteries. The first result of these study trips was the photographic exhibition Architettura medievale armena (Rome, June-July 1968), a pioneering event that helped in spreading knowledge of Armenian art and architecture among a broader public in Italy and that became a springboard for new research projects in the eastern Mediterranean territories. This paper provides a critical reconstruction of the context and circumstances that led to the organisation of this exhibition.
Gasbarri, G., Bevilacqua, L. (2020). Percorsi di architettura armena a Roma. Le missioni di studio e la mostra fotografica del 1968 tra premesse critiche e prospettive di ricerca. In L’arte armena. Storia critica e nuove prospettive / Studies in Armenian and Eastern Christian Art 2020 (pp. 23-49). Venezia : Edizioni Ca' Foscari [10.30687/978-88-6969-469-1/003].