Depicted is the Holy Trinity according to the Old Testament - the visit of the three angel messengers to Abraham

and Sarah in the grove of Mamre.


This visit indicates the appearance of the Trinity. The three angels are seated around a table with a goblet on it. Each holds a staff, the symbol of authority, representing the same divine authority. The visit that Abraham received in Mamre from “three men” - as it is called in the Bible (Gen 18.2) - and which some early church fathers understood as a mysterious reference to the three-person God, is seen by the Eastern

Orthodox Church as the interpreted appearance of the Divine Trinity. While the Western Church has celebrated its own Trinity feast (on the first Sunday after Pentecost) since the high Middle Ages, the Eastern Church commemorates the appearance of the three angels to Abraham on Pentecost Sunday as a symbol of the triune God.


In the center, the three angels are hosted by Abraham and Sarah.


Clockwise scenes:

  • Abraham wants to sacrifice his son Isaac. An angel prevents it.
  • Abraham and Lot leave Sodom and Gomorrah without looking back. But Lot's wife was not obedient. She stopped and looked back and turned into a pillar of salt.
  • Sara bakes bread.
  • Abraham bids farewell to the guests.
  • Abraham washes the guests' feet.
  • Abraham greets the guests.
  • A servant slaughters the fattened calf.
  • Two servants prepare the table.
  • Abraham and Sarah.

Very beautiful and fine miniature painting.

Russian icon | The Trinity according to the Old Testament | 24736

SKU: 24736
  • Original antique Russian orthodox icon

    Certificate of authenticity from an independent expert at the Vienna Dorotheum
  • Age

    Late 19th century
  • Size

    35.5 x 30.5 cm (14.0 x 12.0 in)

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