Leading artist of the Novgorod icon painting school Theophanes appeared in Moscow at the end of his life and career.The paintings of the Annunciation Cathedral of the Moscow Kremlin, on which he worked with Andrei Rublev and Prokhorov Gorodets, have not survived.So for today's connoisseurs of ancient Russian icons Moscow school is associated primarily with the work of Andrei Rublev and artists of his direction.

Andrei Rublev and his followers

the basis of creativity of Andrei Rublev - the philosophy of goodness and beauty, the harmonious combination of spiritual and material principles.Therefore, it is Christ does not look like a merciless judge and menacing A
lmighty.This is a loving, compassionate and forgiving God.The peak of creativity Rublev, like all ancient Russian painting, was the famous "Trinity" three angels which are a kind of symbol of goodness, sacrifice and love.

followers Rublev trends in iconography focusing not so much spiritual fulfillment of images as external features: ease of figures, use smooth lines of writing faces, creating a contrast of colors.One of the samples of this approach is the icon of the unknown master of Moscow "Entry into Jerusalem".

Another striking feature of the Moscow school of icon painting was the introduction of a number of iconic images and scenes of real canonized secular and religious parties.

creativity Dionysius

the turn of the 15th - 16th centuries, a leading representative of the Moscow religious painting becomes Dionysius, who worked with his sons Theodosius and Vladimir.Dionysius was extremely productive master in Volokolamsk monastery alone had 87 icons of his work.

Most often wrote Dionysius paintings crowded holiday celebrations.Vividly life-affirming nature of his work appeared in the paintings of the Nativity of the Virgin in the Ferapontov Monastery.

One of the main features of the works of Dionysius - delicate elongated proportions of the figures.Having become almost disembodied and lost volume, they seem to be floating in the sky, subject to the internal rhythm of the composition.Dionysius preferred soft, light colors and shades: blue, cyan, magenta, pink, purple, etc.Researchers counted in the works of the artist about 40 tones.

Through Dionysius, ceremonial, festive, bright and harmonious art in Moscow took the leading place in the culture of Russia.