Most surviving Armenian artworks that predate the 18th century are religious. The artistic genius of the Armenian culture is most visibly expressed in these extraordinary pieces. The Armenian Museum’s religious works are grouped in 3 separate genres:
- Liturgical embroideries, church vessels, illuminated books and other works used directly in the Christian liturgical service.
- Other religious artworks that reflect Armenian Christianity, but were not part of the actual liturgy.
- Folk religion includes physical expressions of folk lore that reflect the non-canonical Christian beliefs and pre-Christian elements in the Armenian peasant culture.