The era of national recovery time Kulikov victories, including the years of preparation to resist the eternal enemy (the 60s and 70s in the XIV.), And the time after the deed rusichej in fierce fight with Mama, gave rise to a period of great expansion culture. It is most vividly put it in the painting – fresco, icon painting. Prominent place in it won the Novgorod school. This – the frescoes in the XIV. on the Gospels Theodore Stratilatus churches, the Savior on Kovalev, St. Michael's in Skovorodsky Monastery of the Annunciation in the Settlement, Christmas at the cemetery, and others are attracted Odniiz monumental, solemn, others – soft, lyrical.
The same can be said of the Novgorod icons. Powerful brush Theophanes the Greek (Grechina) glorified Novgorod and Moscow art. In Novgorod, he arrived in 1370-ies. Prior to that he worked in Istanbul, Galata, Chalcedon, Cafe. In his work fused Byzantine and Russian features of painting. He had an unquestionable, and large, influence on Russian artists. In Novgorod, he painted the frescoes of the Church of the Transfiguration on the Trade side of the Savior on Ilyina. From his school came masters working over the above-mentioned churches with frescoes Theodore Stratilatus, as well as the Assumption on Volotovo, icons, "Don Mother of God," "Savior." His brushwork has an amazing, fascinating inner strength and deep psychological insight, boldness and confidence of the figure. No wonder contemporaries noted that he worked for free, it is easy: being on stage and creating their brilliant murals, he also talked with many visitors, who were down with delight watching that occurred before their eyes.