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Hakob Hovnatanyan (1806—1881), a representative of the last generation of Hovnatanyans.

The Hovnatanian family (Armenian: Հովնաթանյաններ, Hovnat'anyanner) was a prominent Armenian family of painters. They include five generations from 17th to 19th centuries. Hovnatanians are originally from the village of Shorot, Yernjak district in Nakhichevan (now Şurud village in Julfa Rayon, Nakhchivan, Azerbaijan).

They were based on Nakhichevan, Yerevan, Tbilisi, Ejmiatsin, Saint Petersburg and Persia. Most of their works are dedicated to Christianity like other works of their era.

The surname derives from Hovnatan, the Armenian equivalent of Jonathan.

Family members[edit]

  • Naghash Hovnatan (Նաղաշ Հովնաթան) (1661-1722)[1][2] - founder of the family; poet, artist, miniaturist, wall-painter, and a church clerk
    • Harutyun Hovnatanyan (Հարություն Հովնաթանյան) (18th century) – artist and a wall-painter
    • Hakob Hovnatanyan (Հակոբ Հովնաթանյան) (died in 1757) – artist, miniaturist, and poet
      • Hovnatan Hovnatanyan (Հովնաթան Հովնաթանյան) (1730s – 1801/1802) – wall-painter
      • Mkrtum Hovnatanyan (Մկրտում Հովնաթանյան) (1779 —1846) – artist, buried in Khojivank cemetery, Tbilisi.
        • Aghaton Hovnatanyan (Աղաթոն Հովնաթանյան) (1816–1893) - artist
        • Hakob Hovnatanyan (Հակոբ Հովնաթանյան) (1806—1881) – artist[3]


A crater on the planet Mercury is named after Hakob Hovnatanian.[4]



  1. ^ Akopian, Aram (2001). Armenians and the world : yesterday and today. Yerevan: Noyan Tapan. pp. 130–132. ISBN 9789993051299.
  2. ^ (in Armenian) Հովնաթանյաններ
  3. ^ Adalian, Rouben Paul (2010). Historical dictionary of Armenia (2nd ed.). Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press. p. 190. ISBN 9780810874503.
  4. ^ "PIA12039: Low Angle Impacts: A Look at Qi Baishi and Hovnatanian". NASA. Retrieved 25 December 2012.

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