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The Old Testament Trinity - PF.5598
Origin: Russia
Circa: 19 th Century AD to 20 th Century AD
Dimensions: 10.375" (26.4cm) high
Collection: Russian Icons
Style: Russian Orthodox
Medium: Tempera on Wood

Location: United States
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This painting is a direct rendition of perhaps the most famous Russian icon created by celebrated 15th-century Russian artist Andrei Rublev. The scene depicts the three angels who appeared to Abraham near the oaks of Mamre, described in Genesis 18:2-15. The style typifies Orthodox icon painting with its strong linearity, flattened space, and colors that were originally much more intense, all derived from Byzantine paintings and mosaics. While the artist borrows heavily from Rublev, there are still some unique innovations such as the increasingly naturalistic crag in the background. As well, this painter added a dish of olives or nuts that the angel on the right reaches for. Clearly, though, the artist pays homage to Rublev, revealing how dominant his example was throughout the centuries. Rublev’s art had more influence on the stylistic tendencies of Russian icon paintings than any other artist since the Byzantine era. This splendid icon is both an object of veneration for the worshipper of Christ and a tribute to the greatest Russian icon painter of them all. - (PF.5598)


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