Collection: Holy Visitors (After Rublev)

ARTIST: Julie Lonneman


This image was inspired by the most famous of all Russian icons, The Hospitality of Abraham by Andrei Rublev. The icon depicts the three angels who visited Abraham as described in Genesis 18, though it is widely recognized as an icon of the Holy Trinity. The genius of this depiction far exceeds our customary symbols of the Trinity; it suggests the richness of the loving communion between the three persons, in which we are invited to participate.

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St. Andrei Rublev painted The Hospitality of Abraham in 1411 for the abbot of the Trinity Monastery in Russia.Rublev portrayed what has become the quintessential icon of the Holy Trinity by depicting the three mysterious strangers who visited Abraham (Genesis 18:1-15).

Many in Rublev's culture were confused by the doctrine of the Trinity and others rejected it altogether.Rublev's Trinity showed them a lovely understanding of God as Three-in-One that is beyond trying to "figure out."Well over 600 years later Rublev's icon continues to draw people into the mysterious and wonderful presence of the Trinity.