Andrei Rublev By V. Lasarev/art/russian Icons/russia Art/60+ Pics/ Big 1960 For Sale
ANDREI RUBLEV by V. LASAREV/ART/RUSSIAN ICONS/RUSSIA ART/60+ PICS/ BIG 1960
ANDREI RUBLEV. BY V. LASAREV. Moscow: Publishing House of the Union of Artists of the USSR, 1960. First Edition. Text in English, Russian and French. Rare.
AsolidFirst Editionof this interesting large rare book. This big book is illustrated throughout. Published53years ago, this edition is now long out of print and hard to find, the only comparable copy listed for sale on the internet is priced $75. .
From the Text: "Rublev was born between 1360 and 1370. He became a monk and spent his youth and young manhood at the Troitsa (Trinity) Monastery, some seventy kilometres from Moscow. Much of his painting was done either in Moscow or at the monastery...Rublev died between 1427 and 1430, and was buried at the Andronikov Monastery, now site of the Rublev Museum-one of the chief centres studying the heritage of this famed master. Andrei Rublev was not merely one of the representatives of the Moscow school of painting. He was one of the greatest artists of early Russia. In his works, lucid and serene, we find no trace of the grim sternness of Byzantine painting. Through the canons of the Byzantine school of the fourteenth century his artist's soul discerned the grace and beauty of the art of ancient times, its music of motion, its delicate balance, bare of adornment and attractiveness in its austere and noble simplicity...His choice of colors is guided not by the traditional canons, but by the colouring of nature in the Russian countryside, to the beauty of which he was very sensitive. It was by these colours, and by his amazingly rhythmic lines, that he expressed his soul, the soul of a contemplative and keenly perceptive artist. And as that soul was noble and untainted, his art became one of the loftiest achievements of the artistic culture of the Middle Ages."
Illustrations include: St. Laurus; Saviour; Archangel Michael; Apostle Paul; Icons from the Iconostasis of the Cathedral of the Annunciation in the Moscow Kremblin, 1405; Last Judgment: Fragments of frescos in the Central and South Naves of the Cathedral of the Dormition in Vladimir, 1408: Head of Christ; Head of Apostle; Righteous Women; Prophet David; Icons from the Iconostasis of the Cathedral of the Dormition in Vladimir, 1408: John the Baptist; Apostle Paul; Apostle Peter; Ascension; Trinity; Icons from the Iconostasis of the Cathedral of the Trinity at the Troitse-Sergievsky Monastery, 1423-27: Last Supper; Presentation in the Temple; Washing of the feet; Holy women at the tomb; St. Demetrius; etc.
According to Wikipedia: "Andrei Rublev...born in the 1360s, died 1427 or 29 January 1430 is considered to be the greatest medieval Russian painter of Orthodox icons and frescoes.
"Little information survives about the life of Andrei Rublev...The first mention of Rublev is in 1405 when he decorated icons and frescos for the Cathedral of the Annunication of the Moscow Kremlin in company with Theophanes the Greek and Prokhor of Gorodets...The only work authenticated as entirely his own is the icon of the Trinity, ca. 1410...currently in the Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow. It is based upon an earlier icon known as the 'Hospitality of Abraham' (illustrating Genesis 18). Rublev removed the figures of Abraham and Sarah from the scene, and through a subtle use of composition and symbolism changed the subject to focus on the Mystery of the Trinity.
"In Rublev's art two traditions are combined: the highest asceticism and the classic harmony of Byzantine mannerism. The characters of his paintings are always peaceful and calm. After some time his artcame to be perceived as the ideal of Church painting and of Orthodox iconography.
"Andrei died atAndronikov Monastery on 29 January 1430 (this date is still questionable). His work has influenced many different artists including Dionisy. At the Stoglavi Sobor (1551) Rublev's icon style was announced as a model for church painting. He was canonized a saint in 1988 by the Russian Orthodox Church. The church celebrates his feast day on 29 January and 4 July..."
Very Large Folio - sized hardcover book with a dust jacket;29 pages of text and 60+ black-and-white and color illustrations. Very Good condition: no torn or missing pages; no writing or markings in the text; no ownership markings; slight darkening on endpapers. Original hardcover binding with gilt lettering on the front board, fraying to edges and corners, darkening and fading on front board. Dust Jacket in Poor condition with wear and tears, soiled and some loss.A solidcopy of thisbook.
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