Trinity - After Rublev

The painting will be installed in Southwark Cathedral, London, from 7th - 31st Oct  2017 as the Cathedral marks Black History Month.  It was installed  in St Paul's Cathedral as part of the 2016 All Saints Day service and usually  hangs in St Lukes Church, West Holloway, London.

Painted in acrylic and gold leaf on wood, this new take on Rublev’s celebrated icon of The Trinity (also called ‘The Hospitality of Abraham’) features three members of St Luke’s Church, West Holloway, London.

The Russian painter Andrei Rublev, who ‘wrote’ his icon in about 1410, depicts the three angels who visited Abraham at the Oak of Mamre. The painting became popular as an icon of the Trinity, capturing the mysterious friendship between the three persons. 

The idea to recast Rublev’s Trinity for now, came from a day celebrating diversity in the church in London. Speaking of visiting different church buildings, one of the speakers, Dr Elizabeth Henry, National Advisor Minority Ethnic Anglican Concerns, commented ‘I’m a black woman and of all the images in a church building there is almost never anyone who looks like me...’