Ten sublime moments of painting of all time

Beyond the Winter of culture, from the icon to ’collage’, the art of painting gives the eye further scope, in the imaginary museum that brings together conscience, sensuality and symbolic life. Ten pictures highlight the continuity of painting in a culmination of mystery, wisdom of colour and dialectic between classic and modern


The Trinity


Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow

The highest achievement in icon painting, The Trinity has a unique force. Rubliov deals with this topic following the Christian-Orthodox tradition: three angels symbolize the mystery of the unity between Father, Son and Holy Spirit. The artist resorts to antiperspective to avoid any theatralizations. As a consequence, the spectator is drawn towards the circular movement of the city, and when the contemplation is quiet, it surrenders to being swallowed by the spiritual whirlwind he is challenged with.