Sargis Pitsak

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First page of the Gospel of Mark in Armenian, by Sargis Pitsak, 14th century.

Sargis Pitsak was an early 14th-century Armenian artist. About 40 illustrated manuscripts are attributed to him. His father was called Grigor.

Pitsak lived in Cilicia, during a difficult period when epidemics often followed wars. He copied and illustrated manuscripts on the request of king Levon IV, queen Mariun and others.

Pitsak seems to have been familiar with the work of Toros Roslin and he completed the illustration of a famous Gospel (Matenadaran, Cod. 7651), in which some miniatures reflect Roslin's influence.

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