Master Artist Andrey Rublev. Painter of icons

Автор: Maks Ноя 20, 2020

In 1426 Father Nikon, abbot of Trinity-Sergiev Monastery, directed Andrey Rublev to paint an icon of the Trinity. The artist’s work became the spellbinding cynosure of the monastery’s Trinity Cathedral and is now acknowledged to be one of the world’s most masterful artistic achievements.

Employing the highest degree of artistic expression, he accomplished a rare feat, putting in visual form one of the most complex of Christianity’s holy mysteries, the three manifest natures of God that constitute the Trinity.

The Moscow school of icon painters developed and flourished in the late fourteenth and early fifteenth centuries in large part owing to Rublev’s influence on other icon painters and their work. Rublev’s contemporaries marvelled at his extraordinary skill, according the master reverential esteem in his own lifetime and circulating legends about his saintliness after his death. Bom between 1360 and 1370, he entered the monastic order as a youth and spent many years at Trinity-Sergiev Monastery.

Rublev’s work is singularly different from that of other icon painters. His portrayals have an ineffable mellowness and harmony that profoundly affect the mood of both the worshipper and the objective observer. His illustrations of scenes from the Gospels, for example, portray intimate feelings, deep spirituality and the warmth of the human soul. Emotions and haunting refinement are distinguishing features of the master’s colouring.

In 1408 Rublev worked with Daniil Cherny on the frescoes and iconostasis of the Assumption Cathedral in Vladimir, masteipieces that can be seen in the Russian Museum in St. Petersburg and Mos-cow’s Tretyakovsky Gallery. Though only fragments are extant, Rublev’s final masterpieces, completed in 1427, are the murals of the Cathedral of

the Saviour in the Saviour-Andronikov Monastery.

Rublev is thought to have died about 1430. His grav estone is known to have existed until the 1840s but disappeared during a period of heightened construction in Moscow when slabs of granite were much prized for street paving.

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