Artist. Considered Russia's greatest painter of religious icons. Rublev lived during a period of great political strife and his images invite viewers to find peace and comfort in faith. They are marked by a harmonious sense of Byzantine form and a deeply Slavic mysticism. "The Trinity" (c. 1410) is his surviving masterpiece. Little is known of Rublev's life, which was spent in or near Moscow. He entered the St. Sergius Trinity Monastery as a lay apprentice and was influenced by the pacifist teachings of its founder, Sergius of Radonezh, and by the painter Theophanes the Greek, who first recognized his talent. From roughly 1395 until his death he was a tonsured monk at the Andronikov Monastery, though his principal works were created outside that establishment: icons and frescoes for the Annunciation Cathedral at the Kremlin (1405), the Cathedral of the Assumption in Vladimir (1408), and the Holy Trinity Cathedral at St. Sergius (1425 to 1427). In 1551 the church council decreed that Rublev's icons were models of religious art to be followed, which led to a number of spurious works being attributed to him; fewer than a dozen paintings have been identified as his with certainty. The Andrei Rublev Museum of Ancient Russian Art was established in 1947 at the former Andronikov Monastery, and was opened to the public in 1960. International interest in his work was stirred by director Andrei Tarkovsky's controversial film "Andrei Rublev" (1969). In 1988 Rublev was canonized by the Russian Orthodox Chruch. His feast day is July 4.
Bio by: Bobb Edwards