& comments : Icon of the Holy Trinity by Andrei
This icon contains God and two angels who appeared to Abraham at the Mambre's oaks (Genesis 181) and who latter went to the Sodom's town.
Andrei Rublev or Saint Andrew the iconography was a monk and painter of Russian icons of the fifteenth century.
He was born between 1360 and 1370 and died between 1427 and 1430.
He was recently canonised and his saint's day falls on July the fourth.
He has been the assistant of the Greek painter Theophanes the Greek and his works perpetuate the Byzantine Tradition, but introducing more softness and smoothness.
His more known icon, yet very disseminated nowadays, is the Holy Trinity icon.
Resuming a classical theme of the Byzantine iconography : Abraham's hospitality, he was the first who removed the Abraham and Sarah's personages from the icon, in order to concentrate the attention on the three angels seating at the foot of the Mambre's oak, an illustration of the Trinity's harmony.
This icon was destined to the hermitage of the Saint Serge's Trinity in Sergueiv Possad (formerly Zagorsk).
His life inspired the Russian filmmaker Andrei Tarkovski who dedicated a film to him, realised in 1966 and issued in 1969 : Andrei Rublev.
of the icon presented above : Height 30 cm - Width 25 cm
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