Despite the protests of museum workers, the icon was taken away from the Tretyakov Gallery so that Kirill would use it during worship
Church scandal in Russia . The local Patriarch Kirill demanded a priceless icon of Andrei Rublev for worship at the Trinity-Sergius Lavra. And now the artifact requires restoration. Meduza writes about it.
The icon “Trinity” is one of the most famous Orthodox icons in the world. It was created by the icon painter Andrei Rublev in the 1400s. Critics consider it “the pinnacle of ancient Russian art.”
It was created for the Trinity Cathedral of the Trinity-Sergius Lavra by order of Abbot Nikon of the monastery. It is written on a board and covered with drying oil. For years it was used in the temple, which, of course, did not reflect too well on it. In addition, they either put on her, or removed a precious salary. It was covered with a veil, but still by 1904 the icon was in a deplorable state.
It was then that Ilya Ostroukhov, a collector and member of the Imperial Archaeological Commission, discovered the Trinity. A whole team of masters was engaged in its restoration for years, and it was transferred to the Tretyakov Gallery only in 1929. Then the icon acquired the status of a unique monument of art, and it was in museum conditions that it was preserved.
But Patriarch Kirill demanded a unique icon for worship in honor of the 600th anniversary of finding the relics of Sergius of Radonezh in the Trinity-Sergius Lavra.
Negotiations about the icon, as it turned out, had been going on for almost a year. In 2008, Cyril already demanded the Trinity, but then they managed to defend it. In 2022, as it turned out, the Russian patriarch turned to the head of the presidential administration, Anton Vaino, and she was taken away from the gallery for a day and a half for the first time in a hundred years.
Later it turned out that the transportation was carried out with violations, and it was exhibited in the Lavra without any reverence. So now the priceless artifact will go for a six-month observation, because its improper storage and transportation could catastrophically affect it. In the gallery itself, restorers and workers were so outraged by the incident that they were even ready to quit.
But the story has evolved. On July 20, the chairman of the Duma Committee on Property, Land and Property Relations, Sergei Gavrilov, suggested that parliamentarians think about a mechanism for transferring icons owned by the state, that is, in museums, to churches.
“It is important to understand that icons are objects of worship, these are not works of art in the classical sense. This is part of our religious worldview,” Gavrilov stressed, forgetting that most of the old icons will simply be destroyed without the supervision of museum workers.
Museum workers themselves are horrified by the future prospects .
“In 1904, the Lavra itself gave the icon to the museum workers in order to save it. Why did the priests of the early twentieth century understand this need, but not the beginning of the twenty-first century? Are we barbarians, and outside the window is the Middle Ages? This is unique iconography, a unique monument. I can't imagine how it was possible to risk its safety. Now it is not known how the church will behave after this: it is insatiable, “complained one of the directors federal museum, in the collection of which there are icons.