Rublev’s first major commission was the decoration of the iconostasis for the church of the Annunciation in the Kremlin (1405).This is the work he did with Theophanous the Greek.5 In 1408, Rublev decorated the cathedral of the Dormition in Vladimir with his friend Daniel Tcherny. Little is documented about Rublev’s life between 1410 and 1420, but it is generally accepted he created the finest paintings, including several icons at Zvenigorod, in this period. Researchers say that the seven icons of the festival cycle in the Kremlin Annunciation Cathedral in Moscow, including Baptism, Birth of Christ, and Presentation of the Lord, Transfiguration, Annunciation, Resurrection of Lazarus and Entry into Jerusalem belong to Rublev. These works are in Byzantine style and demonstrate Rublev’s exceptional talent. This was in the period of 1410, which is believed to be when he did most of his works. Rublev created another piece of art during this period, a book illumination of Khitrovo gospel. This wonderful miniature contains an image of an angel which symbolizes the Evangelistic Mathew. Further research has shown that in 1410 Rublev painted one of the Zvenigorod churches.6 The icons Savior, Archangel Michael and st Paul from Zvenigorod are attributed to Rublev, and they feature a new stage in Rublev painting. It expresses the beginning of the Golden age, the flourishing of icon painting in Russia. About the same time, Rublev created another outstanding work, a version of the famous Byzantine image, our lady of Vladimir.From 1425-1427 Rublev worked with Chernii on a new stone cathedral of the holy trinity. It is probably during this time that he painted the main feature of the monastery-The Holy Trinity. Sergius of Radonezh was a great influence on Rublev who lived and worked under his auspices. As a matter of fact, Rublev painted his famous icon, The Trinity as a memorial to Sergius. Sergius was a prayerful man, a Russian ascetic who exercised significant influence on domestic spirituality as well as Rublev’s personality. As such, he was Andrei Rublev’s greatest mentor and role model. 8During his period of art, Rublev experienced the Tatar attacks on Russia. In this period, large parts of Russia fell to the Mongol invaders. This century saw external continuities in the massive invasion by Mongol tribes and internal ones in the sustenance
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