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Ezekiel's vision

Painting, 2006, 92.8×59.5×0.1 cm

Description of the artwork «Ezekiel's vision»

Ezekiel's Vision is part of my series of paintings on a religious theme. The plot of the picture itself is based on the vision of one of the four main Old Testament prophets - Ezekiel "The Glory of the Lord" by the river Hobar. This topic attracted not only me, but attracted the attention of various artists, from the Early Renaissance to the Modern era.

After reading the Old and New Testaments about a dozen times, at each stage I perceived the Holy Scripture in a new way, and each time it opened up new sides for me. The plot of the vision of the prophet Ezekiel always left an indelible impression on me.

According to traditional scripture, the holy prophet Ezekiel lived in the 6th century BC. Born in the city of Sarir, descended from the tribe of Levi, was a priest and the son of the priest Vusius. During the second invasion of Jerusalem by the Babylonian king Nebuchadnezzar, at the age of 25, Ezekiel was taken to Babylon together with King Jeconiah II and many other Jews. In captivity, the prophet Ezekiel lived by the river Chebar. There, in his 30th year of life, in a vision the future of the Jewish people and all mankind was revealed to him. The Prophet saw a shining cloud, in the middle of which was a flame, and in it - a mysterious resemblance of a chariot driven by a spirit and four winged animals, each having four faces: a man, a lion, a calf and an eagle. Before their faces were wheels studded with eyes. Above the chariot towered, as it were, a crystal vault, and above the vault - a semblance of a throne made of sparkling sapphire. On this throne is the shining "likeness of a Man", and in the circle of Him is a rainbow (Ezek. 1: 4-28).

The vision of the prophet Ezekiel was that the "Glory of the Lord" appeared to him on the river Chebar in the form of a shining combination of four creatures - tetramorph, or as they call Merkava ...

In my painting, I depicted Ezekiel sitting on the ground by the Chebar River, on the left - the figure of the Messenger of the Most High, who told him to eat the scroll. And when Ezekiel ate the scroll in his mouth, he was sweet as honey, but then his chest became bitter. In the background, I have depicted "The Glory of the Lord" exactly as I imagine it.

In my opinion, beings from the Higher World appeared to the prophets on their "technical means", which now slightly resemble modern human technologies. And this applies not only to Ezekiel, but also to the prophet Elijah, being taken up into heaven on a "chariot of fire." The visions of the prophets were accompanied by symbols that they could not at first understand and explain ...
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Art form: Painting

Subject and objects: Religious scene

Style of art: Baroque, Classicism, Realism, Rococo, Romanticism, Ornamentalism

Technique: Oil

Materials: Canvas

Date of creation: 2006

Size: 92.8×59.5×0.1 cm