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Description of Andrei Rublev’s icon “Zvenigorod rank. The Face of the Savior


This is a traditional belt icon image of the beginning of the 19th century. This picture was painted by Russian artist and icon painter Andrei Rublev in a size that is taller than human height. This is one of the three Rublev icons called "Zvenigorod rank." Although scientists are proving that the icons were originally 7 pieces.

Only a fragment of this beautiful icon has survived. Cracks and scuffs are visible in the picture. Painting has suffered greatly and acquired such a look, but despite this, it has great cultural and historical value.

The artist masterfully conveyed the fullness of Russian good looks. The painting depicts the face of Deesis Savior. His gaze is thoughtful and calm. The author was able to masterfully portray all the features of the Savior's face: he humanized Jesus, endowing him with blond hair, small eyes, a beard, a straight and thin nose, a small mouth, a slender neck and an elongated oval face.

What attracts the attention of the viewer most of all is his gaze, penetrated to the depths of the soul. It permeates right through the one who looks at the face of the Savior and tries to understand the beholder. It is as if he appeals to people, asks them to come to him, talk and calm down, forgetting all his pressing problems, to repent.

He is trying to convey to them his love and favor. In this image, he acts as a loving father who is ready to wait until the last soul of the righteous. The image of the Savior seems to come to life before our eyes.

Initially, the gospel was in the hand of Jesus, but time could not convey to us the fullness of the picture. It is assumed that the book occupied most of the picture.

Critics emphasize that the artist created his unsurpassed masterpiece in the traditions of Byzantine painting. One feature of this canvas is that there is no severity inherent in the paintings of Byzantium.





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