Andrei Rublev is the most famous Russian icon painter of the Moscow school, whose works are admired by art lovers and specialists all over the world. A master of monumental painting of the 14th century, Rublev was a great historical and cultural figure, which is still surrounded by legends and myths. Around 1408, Rublev writes the Apostle Paul - one of two icons of the deesis rite.
The second icon was the image of the Apostle Peter, similar in style and technique to this work, which prompts the thought of their common author. The story of the Apostle Paul is confusing, but known from Scripture.
A man named Saul, a Roman of Jewish descent, was known for his persecution of Christians. He was blinded by an unearthly light, after which God appeared to him and set the right path - struck by this miracle, Saul ceases to persecute Christians and, instead, joins them.
Rublevsky Apostle Paul is a hero immersed in a deep thought. In his hands is a book (the image was lost over time), as a symbol of wisdom and knowledge, and most importantly - the preaching of Christianity.
After believing, Paul was healed and baptized, which allowed him to devote his whole life to preaching the Christian faith. In total, he left behind more than a dozen messages. It is not surprising that Rublev portrays such a figure with special interest. Pavel’s gaze is not directed at the viewer; he looks away and ponders higher thoughts.
This icon becomes an example of Rublev’s skill. The figure is spelled out energetically and clearly, characteristic of the master. The apostle's robes are dark, matching the colors of the canon, and with deep folds written in them.
The whole appearance of Paul shows the inner strength of the hero, his conviction in his own faith and the importance of the wisdom of thought. This icon is located in the Assumption Cathedral, in Vladimir, where Rublev worked for a long time.
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