Atineh Movsesian


Atineh Movsesian (2022) specializes in Medieval Armenian Art and Architecture. Her research concerns the interactions across medieval Armenia, Byzantium, and the Islamic worlds. She aims to bring awareness to the connected and global dimensions of Armenian art and architecture. 

Atineh earned her BA in Art History from the California State Polytechnic University, Pomona (2019), with minors in English and French. Her undergraduate thesis, “The Medieval City of Ani: Above and Underground,” offered initial art historical examination of the Ani caves and earned an outstanding research award at the UCLA’s Undergraduate Colloquium in Armenian Studies. She earned her MA in Art History from Tufts University (2022), where she worked with Dr. Christina Maranci. Her qualifying paper, “The Forgotten Women of the Monastery of Gandzasar (c. 1260): A Reexamination of the Sculptural and Epigraphic Program,” was awarded Third Prize in the Graduate Student Essay Award competition of the International Center of Medieval Art. Her research was also presented at the Beyond Exceptionalism II conference at the John Rylands Library in Manchester (2022).

Throughout her undergraduate career, Atineh worked as a Gallery and Collections Management Assistant at the Kellogg and Huntley University Art Galleries. In 2019, she served as an intern at the Getty Villa’s Exhibitions Department. Atineh has also volunteered at the J. Paul Getty Museum’s Manuscripts Department as a researcher and translator, where she conducted research on the Armenian manuscripts in the Getty’s permanent collection.

Advisor: Diliana Angelova