Commemorated on July 4
His "Holy Trinity" icon of the Hospitality of Abraham is
sometimes called the most perfectly executed of all icons.
Many consider him the greatest iconographer of all time, and
his "Holy Trinity" the finest icon. Very little is known of his life. He was
born around 1360, and probably studied with the Byzantine iconographer
Theophanes the Greek. He is known to have created icons for the Cathedral of the
Annunciation in Moscow and the Cathedral of the Dormition at Vladimir. He
created a highly spiritual and distinctively Russian iconographic style that set
the standard for Russian iconography for centuries thereafter. It is said that
he knew St Sergius of Radonezh (July 5). In his later years he became a monk.