Art History Hotties: Vision of Ezekiel

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Vision of Ezekiel, 1518 - Raphael
Raphael, Vision of Ezekiel, 1518

Flowing hair, chiseled abs, luscious beard - everything you could ever want in a guy. Descending from heaven with a throne made up of a pegasus, lion, eagle, and an ox. How dreamy is that? Does he also have children? Could he be a great father? I'd consider this aspect a plus in my book. This painting also reminds me of a man's Facebook profile picture. But, like all Facebook profiles, we all know deep down that this picture doesn't accurately represent who this man truly is. But you say to yourself, "Hey let's give him a try." After a dating a man like this, how could you downgrade anymore if you were to break up? He's the whole package.

This Vision of Ezekiel definitely lands under the topic of "Art History Hotties." His gleaming skin, his golden hair, his, as Dr. Roark says, "big, capable hands". Should I go on, because I most obviously could. Can you see the tiny figure standing in the beam of light shining in the bottom left corner? Well, that's the man who wishes he could be God coming down from heaven. But, sadly, he's not and probably never will be.

Painted in 1518, Raphael wanted to capture Ezekiel, a Hebrew prophet's vision of God. We can see that Raphael was attempting to possibly add the components of both Greek and Roman Gods. God, in this painting, does not look like like he typically would in a painting during this time. The abs give are the dead giveaway for this. Raphael also tried to accentuate God's features by making the background bleak and dark, as compared to God and his creatures colors and glow.

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