The appeal of how a Medieval masterpiece continues to inspire people in 21st-century Russia is explored in an exhibition at the University of Chester’s Contemporary Art Space Chester (CASC) until May 6.
Every day people gather in the Trinity Cathedral at the shrine of St Sergius in Sergiev Posad, a nondescript town outside Moscow with the dominating presence of the monastery complex, to see the icon created by Russian painter Andrei Rublev in the 15th century.
Senior lecturer in history of art at the university Maggie Jackson, an art historian with a background in medieval art in England and Italy, was fascinated by their experience. She said: “This process and significance of this ritual is explored, not in a documentary sense, but more as visual poetics, capturing the transfixing effect of the liturgy, on the monastic community and the devoted or curious visitor alike.
“This is a performative liturgy which appeals to all the senses: celestial chanting; pungent candle smoke and the colours of Rublev’s iconostasis.”
The CASC is a gallery development at the university’s Kingsway Campus. The free Ritual and Spectacle exhibition is open Monday-Friday from 10am-4pm.