Nikon D80, Nikkor AF-S ED DX 18-200mm VR lens at f3.5, 1/5sec, Program: AE, ISO 400, 18mm.
Taken at The Nuns of New Skete at monastic community within the Orthodox Church of America.
The icon, in the light, was painted by one of the sisters and is based on the famous Trinity icon attributed to the 14th century monk, St. Andrey Rublev. The model which inspired him was well known in the Byzantine empire, dating from the fifth century. It depicts the episode narrated in Genesis: Abraham and Sarah welcome three mysterious and majestic visitors, and serve them a grand meal. Many saw this narrative a type of the Holy Trinity.
Inspired by this theme, Rublev shifted the emphasis from Abraham and Sarah to the three messengers. The table formerly, well-garnished, now takes on the appearance of an altar.
The single cup suggests the Eucharistic meal, while the cup’s contents recall both the calf that Abraham served his guests, and Christ, the lamb who was slain, who in the Eucharist becomes food for his people. The angels themselves are drawn to form a harmonious, circular movement.
This was the painters intent: to recall the triune God of the Christian faith, one God who is three persons, each appearing as the counterpart of the others yet each distinct.
Authored by: Our Lady of the Sign Monastery, The Nuns of New Skete – Cambridge, NY USA