Monday, 30 August 2010

The Iconographer

Icon "Rublev the Iconographer", by the hand of Sarah "Sallie" Thayer, 2010

Andrei Rublev (born in the 1360s, died 1427 or January 29, 1430) is considered to be the greatest medieval Russian painter of Orthodox icons and frescoes.

So reads the beginning of the entry on Andrei Rublev in the encyclopeadia.  Of course, to the Orthodox, he is St. Andrei Rublev and I have chosen to use that title in the icon above.  I often refer to him as simply "The Iconographer" since he is the "iconic" icongrapher of all times.  His icon of The Trinity (a copy is shown in his hands in my drawing) is magnificent.

The little information we have of St. Andrei tells us that he was probably trained by a famous Byzantine master by the name of Theophanes who moved to Russia from Constantinople.  Rublev combined the asceticism of the Russian school of painting with the classic harmony of Byzantine mannerism.  This approach meant that the characters in his icons are always peaceful and calm.  Over time, his art has come to be perceived as the ideal of Church painting and of Orthodox iconography.

His feast day in the Orthodox Churches is July 4th!

Below is a print of St. Andrei's icon "The Trinity".  Try to imagine what it must have looked like when it was first completed.

 The Trinity by St. Andrei Rublev

Next I want to show you a series of delightful photos taken of a bear who is being called "Big Al".

It seems that a family in B.C. was wondering what was happening to the water in one of their rain "barrels".  They often discovered the barrel, after a heavy rainfall, was almost empty of water and what remained was rather dirty.  After checking for leaks and finding none, the family decided that they would solve the mystery by setting up a video camera at the spot.  When they retrieved the video camera, they were introduced to Big Al.  Now the photos are circling the Internet and Big Al has become famous! 

The photos are descriptive enough not to need captions.  I will say, however, that the 4th photo is, in my opinion, truly funny.

These photos were made available by my friend, Hylott.


The accountant was back to see me today.  There turned out to be one last thing Revenue Canada wanted me to fill out.  Now, having completed that, I am hopeful that I won't have to see my accountant friend again until tax time next year!

May the peace of God be with you all.

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