2022-07-18 10:07:00

Rublev's Trinity icon delivered to Trinity Lavra in special climate-controlled display case

Moscow, July 18, Interfax - Andrey Rublev's Trinity icon has been transported from the Tretyakov Gallery to the Trinity Lavra of St. Sergius in a specially made climate-controlled display case, after the celebrations are over the icon will be brought back to the gallery, the Russian Culture Ministry told Interfax.

"To prepare for transportation and display, the Russian Culture Ministry set up a special commission, whose main task was to ensure the preservation of the icon of the early 15th century. The icon was transported in a specially made climate-controlled display case," the ministry told Interfax on Sunday.

After the church festivities are over the icon will be returned to the Tretyakov Gallery, it said.

"Understanding the great importance for the entire Orthodox world [...], following a comprehensive assessment of the risks associated with transportation, the request of the leadership of the Russian Orthodox Church to make the icon available for religious services at the Trinity Lavra of St. Sergius was granted," the gallery said.

"The transportation was carried out with all necessary precautions, and at the Trinity Lavra of St. Sergius the icon was placed in a capsule, which was especially created for this purpose and is maintaining a climate usual for it. At the beginning of next week the Trinity icon will be returned to the State Tretyakov Gallery," the museum's press service said.

Earlier, head of the press service for the Trinity Lavra of St. Sergius Tatyana Denisyuk told Interfax that on the night of July 17 for the first time since the 1917 October Revolution the Trinity icon was delivered to the Trinity Lavra of St. Sergius, where largescale celebrations marking the 600th anniversary of the discovery of the relics of Saint Sergius of Radonezh began on Sunday.

"The icon was delivered from the Tretyakov Gallery accompanied by employees of the museum tonight. It will be placed in a special display case at the Holy Trinity Cathedral of the Lavra, in its original place, on July 17 and on July 18. For two days believers will be able to worship the shrine," Denisyuk told.

The Trinity icon painted by Rublev in the 15th century, is the most famous of his artworks and one of the two (along with the frescoes in Vladimir) preserved artworks, which scientists believe to be definitely his.

According to previous media reports, the Tretyakov Gallery was opposed to the taking of Rublev's icon from the gallery, which it only left during the Great Patriotic War evacuation.

The possibility of bringing the Trinity icon to the Trinity Lavra, where it was historically kept, was first broadly discussed in 2008. At the time, a number of Russian art experts gave some emotional comments on the issue in the media.