Four Russian icon painters left the distinct mark on Russian history and deserve special mention.
- Feofan Grek (Theophanes the Greek)
- Andrey Rublev
- Simon Ushakov
Feofan Grek’s work is found in Novgorod and Moscow, where he influenced Andrey Rublev. Dionysius is known for his delicate, mystical icons. Ushakov was the last of the great icon painters. The greatest of the four was undoubtedly Andrey Rublev, who worked in Moscow and Vladimir around 1400 and created the most artistically perfect icon, the Trinity, for Sergey of Radonezh at the monastery at Sergiev Posad. The icon, painted in the colors of the open fields and sky, gold and brown and blue, shows three angels who appeared to Abraham as harbingers of the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. This icon and the Virgin of Vladimir served as models and inspiration for many later icons.