Forensic experts to recreate Andrey Rublev's portrait

Moscow, August 25, 2011

Holy Trinity, by St. Andrei Rublev Holy Trinity, by St. Andrei Rublev
Forensic experts are creating a sculpture portrait of Andrey Rublev as there is no painted image of the artist.

The experts demonstrated the first outcomes of their work which lasted seven years.

The expert team includes Sergey Nikitin, chief expert of the forensic medical expert bureau of the Moscow Health Department, who helped to reconstruct portraits of the Tsar's family and some saints of Kiev Laмra of the Caves in 1990s.

"First, we reconstruct the main masseter muscles - masseter and temporalis - which define facial contours. Then we put in eye-balls. I have developed some methods to define eye-ball protrusion. One of them is to take a simple meat grinder and make 5-millimeter strips. I put the strips together and then apply lips, about ten millimeters thick," he says.

The relics which are attributed to the icon painter were discovered during excavations in the Spassky Cathedral of Andronikov Monastery, Russia-24 TV Channel reports.



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