Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Russia’s First Great Master of Religious Art: Theophanes the Greek

By Anastasia Gorbatova
Ancient work by Theophanes the Greek. Source: RIA Novosti / Vladimir Vdovin 
RUSSIA---One of the twin pillars of early Russian icon painting, little is known about the life of the man known as Theophanes the Greek, a Byzantine artist who came to Russia in the 14th century Yet although few of his church frescoes remain, the cultural legacy left behind by the painter is immense: He created his own school of icon painting, was mentor to Russia’s greatest icon painter Andrei Rublev, and is believed to have illustrated rare medieval texts. [link]

Rublev’s famous Trinity icon, 1411 or 1425-27.