The icon "Savior in power" written by Andrei Rublev in 1408 is one of his most famous and mysterious works. The icon is made in the Byzantine style. Now she is in the Tretyakov Gallery (Moscow).
Since Andrei Rublev was not only a talented artist, but also a monk, all of his icons are filled with spiritual meaning and reverence for God. The image of “Savior in power” is filled with symbolism and the deepest meaning.
Jesus Christ, the ruler of the visible and invisible world, is depicted in all his glory surrounded by angelic heavenly powers. Which explains the name of the icon. Thus the Holy Prophets Ezekiel and John the Theologian saw the Lord in their wonderful visions. With his right hand, He blesses all life on earth, and in his left hand He holds a book of life, which contains the names of all people who have reached the kingdom of heaven. They also interpret that this can be a book of the old and new testament or a book of revelations.
Around the savior are geometric figures: the blue oval is the heavenly sphere, the highland world of angels; a red square with elongated ends indicates the earth; the red rhombus symbolizes the fiery radiance of God's glory.
At the ends of the red square, animals are depicted symbolically designating the four evangelists preaching the word of God throughout the world. An angel is a symbol of the evangelist Matthew and denotes the embodiment of God in man. Leo - a symbol of Mark, identifies the royal authority of the son of God. Taurus is a symbol of Luke and denotes the Savior's sacrifice. The eagle is a symbol of John the Theologian and depicts spiritual vision.
The icon "Savior in power" is a prophetic. It reflects the second coming of the Lord in all glory and majesty, to judge all living on earth.
Alyonushka Painting Vasnetsov