Hagiography – The Trinity | Father Pefkis

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Father Pefkis presents a wonderful reprint of The Trinity, which has been crafted with the method of the quality silk-screen printing, as a small piece of the glory of God. The icon has been placed on canvas against a gold leaf background and was hand finished with egg powder color.
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The Trinity is an icon created by Russian painter Andrei Rublev in the 15th century. It is his most famous work and the most famous of all Russian icons and it is regarded as one of the highest achievements of Russian art. Scholars believe that it is one of only two works of art (the other being the Dormition Cathedral frescoes in Vladimir) that can be attributed to Rublev with any sort of certainty.

The Trinity depicts the three angels who visited Abraham at the Oak of Mamre (Genesis 18:1–8), but the painting is full of symbolism and is interpreted as an icon of the Holy Trinity. At the time of Rublev, the Holy Trinity was the embodiment of spiritual unity, peace, harmony, mutual love and humility.

The icon was commissioned to honour Saint Sergius of Radonezh of the Trinity Lavra of St. Sergius, near Moscow, now in the town of Sergiyev Posad. Little is known about The Trinity’s history, and art historians make suggestions based on only the few known facts.[7] Even the authorship of Rublev has been questioned. Various authors suggest different dates, such as 1408-1425, 1422-1423 or 1420-1427. The official version states 1411 or 1425-27. The Trinity is currently held in the Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow.

The Trinity Icon | Interpretation

This icon takes as its subject the mysterious story where Abraham receives three visitors as he camps by the oak of Mamre. He serves them a meal. As the conversation progresses he seems to be talking straight to God, as if these ‘angels’ were in some way a metaphor for the three persons of the Trinity. In Rublev’s representation of the scene, the three gold-winged figures are seated around a white table on which a golden, chalice-like bowl contains a roasted lamb. In the background of the picture, a house can be seen at the top left and a tree in the center. Less distinctly, a rocky hill lies in the upper right corner. The composition is a great circle around the table, focusing the attention on the chalicebowl at the center, which reminds the viewer inescapably of an altar at Communion. On one level this picture shows three angels seated under Abraham’s tree, but on another it is a visual expression of what the Trinity means, what is the nature of God, and how we approach him. Reading the picture from left to right, we see the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

Hagiography – The Trinity: Composition & Technique

This icon has been crafted on canvas against a gold leaf background and is a unique copy of Byzantine art. The icon has been crafted by Father Pefkis, who has studied the sacred art of iconography on Mount Athos. It is a collectible work of art as the hagiographer has applied the aging technique.

The vivid colors and intense folds of the garments, the decoration and the linear output of the volumes describe the artwork which has been signed by Father Pefkis.

The Byzantine hagiography workshop of Father Pefkis, since 1980, proceeds to the production of portable icons from the Byzantine and post-Byzantine period by following closely the Athonite style, contributing in this way to the transmission of our cultural heritage.

A unique icon of The Trinity that has been crafted against a gold leaf background!

This work has been crafted on canvas and natural wood, against a gold leaf background and has been coated with pure beeswax.

The Hagiography depicting The Trinity has a stamp of authenticity on the back of icon, with the signature of the creator.

 

Origin: Father Pefkis Hagiography Workshop

 

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