In the assumption Cathedral in Zvenigorod found murals that can belong to the brush of St. Andrei Rublev. The find was made during restoration work.
The Cathedral in question is one of the most famous monuments of architecture of Moscow Russia of the turn of XIV-XV centuries. Until recently, it remained poorly studied. In the middle of the XX century by the architect Boris Ognev explored the temple, but was not able to deliver the forest, to conduct soundings and excavations, reminiscent of “News”.
The staff of the Central scientific-restoration design workshops lead the restoration of the assumption Cathedral for several years and has made a number of discoveries, fundamental to the history of ancient Russian architecture. For example, proved that the apse and Chapter of the Cathedral were married near miniature stone corbel arches, which were known only monuments of pre-Mongol Vladimir.
Fragments of paintings on the pillars and in the drum of the temple were cleared in the 1960-ies, and now have opened ancient frescoes on the vaults of the temple. They appeared after the restorers removed the brick archways that were built in the early nineteenth century.
The murals represent a circle with six-winged Seraphim, surrounded by figures of saints. “Believe me, Rublev is a very respectable appearance, and, most importantly, understand the composition of all paintings. And then, they haven’t been cleaned – murals, closed during the Soviet years, old photos are not bright, but it is clear color, and now they are grey due to the fact that the temple burned cheap paraffin candles. Now and other candles, and technology – restorers of painting findings will next year when we dust the work will be finished,” said the architect-restorer George Evdokimov.
Earlier restorers discovered frescoes of the assumption Cathedral, hiding behind the iconostasis of the XVIII century.
The great painter of Ancient Russia, the Creator of the world famous icon “the Holy Trinity”, was canonized in 1988.
The painter lived at a fateful time in Russia, at the time of the rise of national consciousness and the movement towards land consolidation. Little information has survived from the biography Rublev, sometimes controversial historical evidence. He was born probably in 1360 years, died in 1430. In old age he supervised the painting of the Holy Trinity Cathedral of the Trinity-Sergius monastery, where in his youth he lived as a monk. At the end of life painted Spassky Cathedral of the Spaso-Andronikov monastery in Moscow. It is also known that Rublev worked on the frescoes of the Cathedral of the assumption on the Town in Zvenigorod (1400).