Apostle Paul by Andrei Rublyov
The great mediaeval Russian icon painter Andrei Rublyov worked roughly between 1370 and 1430. There are only a few icons known beyond doubt to have been executed by Rublyov himself. One is the Apostle Paul, a surviving fragment of the stupendously impressive iconostasis of the Cathedral of the Assumption in Vladimir. The figure is well-proportioned and subtly delineated, while the expression of the holy man is pensive. The color scheme was devised specially for the icon to be seen from a distance. Like other works by Rublyov it is highly poetical and humane.