Museum of Ancient Russian Culture and Art named after Andrei Rublev is currently offering an exposition of scenes and interpretations of fire in the Christian tradition.
The exhibition features around 60 works including icons, wooden sculptures, objects of decorative art, graphic work, illustrated manuscripts and old printed books, all featuring the depiction of fire.
The Museum is named after Andrei Rublev, born in the 1360s and considered one of the greatest medieval Russian painters of Orthodox frescoes and icons. In 1966, famous Russian filmmaker Andrei Tarkovsky made a film titled “Andrei Rublev”, loosely based on the artist's life. He has since been canonized as a saint in 1988 by the Russian Orthodox Church.
The current exposition at the Museum is all about fire, which is one of the main elements of the sacred space of a Christian temple. The variety of meanings and interpretations of fire in Christian tradition is immense, and ranges from sacrificial to miracle fire.
Fire, as manifestation of existence, communicates the very presence of God. A great example of this is the burning bush from which God spoke to Moses. Because of fire's heat and destructive capacity, it also frequently appears in the Bible as a symbol of God's anger as well as of the judgment and destruction which are sometimes extensions of that anger.
The work in the exhibition has been brought together from the collection of the Andrei Rublev Museum, the State Tretyakov Gallery, the Museum of Russian Icon and various private collections.
Museum is offering several educational lectures and curator guided tours of the exposition. The exhibition will run until 14 April.