Artist: Vardges Sureniants
Title: Desecrated Shrine, 1895
Location: National Gallery of Armenian, Yerevan
Vardges Sureniants was deeply concerned with the cruel destiny of the Armenian nation. He depicted the cruel atrocities by the Turks, that had been taking place long before the Armenian Genocide in 1915, looks like Sureniants documented the bitter fragments of the Armenian history in the "Homeless", "The Abandoned", "Massacre of Virgin", "The Monastery of ST Hripsime" and other canvases such as the "Desecrated Shrine" painting.
Slaughter and pillage, destruction of parchment manuscripts, massacre of the virgins and Armenian priests inside the church. But despite these scenes, Sureniants symbolizes hope and faith through the rising cross stones as symbols of strong faith and salvation of the Armenian nation.