Monday, October 18, 2010
“There exists the icon of the Trinity by St. Andrei Rublev; therefore God exists."
Revise this statement, however it fits, for yourself. For example, Mahler wrote his Resurrection Symphony, therefore, God exists. Or, Jeeves and Wooster existed in Wodehouse's mind, therefore, God exists. There can be a progression downward here, if we are not careful, which can become ridiculous. Ding-dongs, for instance, are not perhaps the best choice to express the goodness of God. Although perhaps they could be some imaginable instance, that instance would best remain imaginable.
We agree with our Eastern brethren that there is something uniquely different about Eastern spirituality & icons. However, the same light which is concentrated in a certain manner in icons can be discerned in non-icons as well, even Western paintings. There is, perhaps, more to dazzle the eye here, but at second glance, that is not the primary feature of this painting. The light seems to be not so much coming out of the painting in a vertical movement down to the watcher, out of seemingly frozen flatness into gradual awakening light, but to be responding in transfigured radiance up, suggesting the same eternality from the obverse side of creation. If it is not blasphemous to imagine an image appearing, miniature, in the eyes of an icon, such an image this might be, and the colors here might flow out and down in tears and light to bathe the icon in that goodness which was found during the course of the natural life.