The Assumption Cathedral in Vladimir was famous for its frescoes and icons. The main icon painters working on the interior of the building were Andrei Rublev and Daniil Cherny. It was under the attentive gaze of Andrei Rublev that these two masters created the Ascension of God icon.
This icon depicts one of the most important moments for the Orthodox Church in the life of Jesus Christ - Ascension. According to the New Testament of the Bible, after Jesus was resurrected, he appeared for forty days to his apostles. He spent days and nights telling his followers about the great Kingdom of God. On the fortieth day, he asked his followers not to leave Jerusalem. Together they climbed to the top of the mountain. The icon shows us the very moment when Jesus ascends into heaven with his Father. The son of the Virgin Mary is depicted in a large round cloud of blue and black. Two angels raise the cloud into the sky. Jesus is depicted in a golden robe; above his head is a golden halo. The male figure is drawn in a sitting position, legs are slightly crossed.
Under the cloud we see a crowd of people - these are 12 apostles who accompany Jesus and are waiting for him to return back to earth. This icon is also a prophecy that someday there will be the second coming of Jesus, he will also go down to people on the same cloud.
The icon was painted in 1408. Most of the work is badly damaged and crumbled over time. But one thing is clear that the artist used very bright, saturated colors when drawing figures of people and angels. The apostles are dressed in red, green, blue robes. The background is gold, which emphasizes the importance of the figures depicted on the icon. It is also worth noting that in the background the outlines of the city walls and roofs are visible. Apparently, this is Jerusalem - the city in which Jesus preached.
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