Andrei Rublev

(c. 1360—1430)

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(b ?c.1360; d Moscow, 1430).

The most famous of Russian icon painters. The 600th anniversary of his birth was celebrated by Soviet Russia in 1960, but the date is not firmly documented and there is little secure knowledge of his life or works. In 1405 he worked as assistant to Theophanes in the Cathedral of the Annunciation in the Kremlin at Moscow, but it has not been possible to distinguish his share there or in the Cathedral of the Dormition at Vladimir, where he is also said to have painted murals. The work that stands at the centre of his œuvre is the celebrated icon of the Old Testament Trinity (that is, the three angels who appeared to Abraham) in the Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow (c.1411). In its gentle, lyrical beauty this marks a move away from the hieratic Byzantine tradition, and other icons in a similar style have been attributed to Rublev.

Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500) — Art.

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