#15: The Prophet Ezekiel (Michelangelo Sistine Chapel frescoes)

#15: The Prophet Ezekiel

The priest and prophet Ezekiel lived in the early 6th century BC. Michelangelo depicts him as an old man who was engrossed in his reading but has now suddenly turned around to look behind him. Ezekiel’s gaze is focused on the hands of the small accompanying figure in the background, which are stretching up toward the heavens. They refer to the source of Hod’s message. Gestures play a central role in a large number of the ceiling frescoes painted by Michelangelo. Ezekiel’s open right hand, for example, can also be understood as a gesture of both amazement and readiness to receive the message.

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