Icon of the Holy Trinity (by Andrey Rublev)

Icon of the Holy Trinity (by Andrey Rublev)
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Direct print on linden panel.
Symbols of the icons of Holy Trinity. Icon of the Holy Trinity was painted by Andrey Rublev in early 15th century for the main Cathedral of the Holy Trinity and St. Sergius' Laura. The image is based on the Old Testament story of appearance of three Angels to Abraham, considered by the majority of Fathers to be the first trinitiarian revelation in human history. Opinions differ as to which Person of the Holy Trinity is symbolized by each of the Angels. According to the most common view, the Angel on the left represents God Father, the Angel in the center is God Son, and the Angel on the right symbolizes the Holy Spirit. The icon has many details to support this opinion. Thus the left Angel raises His hand in a blessing, while the others' heads are bent towards Him. Colours of the raiments also have their deep symbolic meainings. Thus the central Angel is enrobed in a reddish-brown chiton, denoting the human nature assumed by God Son, while His himation of light blue is a sign of His Divine nature. The himation over the chiton symolizes Christ's Divinity covering the drawbacks of the human nature. The right Angel's clothes are blue and green, denoting the blessing of the Holy Spirit. An appropriate symbol is to be found above each Angel. The Angel on the right has a mount as a symbol of the Holy Spirit guiding a man to spiritual growth. A house above the left Angel points to the Divine economy of our salvation, and its two storeys, the Old and New Testament. The Angels' postures are similar, their figures form a circle symbolizing eternity, while the Angels on the right and on the left bend towards each other to form the shape of the Chalice. Eucharistic connotations are further strengthened by the Chalice on the table symbolizing the Propitiatory Sacrifice, made by the Second Person of the Holy Trinity. Icon painters notice that no single portrayal on the icon attracts attention individually, rather directing the view from one Angel to the other, thus introducing the viewer into the space of the icon as a whole. The icon by Andrey Rublev is filled with deep theological connotations demonstrating accessibility of the Divine economy of Salvation for human perceptions.

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