Francisco Collantes 1599 – 1656

The Vision of Ezekiel

oil on canvas (177 × 205 cm) — 1630 Museum Museo del Prado, Madrid

Francisco Collantes biography

This work is linked to Ezekiel 37:7

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In a vision the prophet Ezekiel is taken to a valley filled with human bones. God brings the dead back to life: the bones are joined, nerves and meat added, and covered in a skin. Ezekiel sees to it that the bodies are filled with a spirit too.

The vision should be seen as a prediction of the resurrection of Israel. Ezekiel lived during the Babylonian exile: the people of Israel needed messages of hope.

After the bones were brought back to life, God instructs Ezekiel to make sure that the people now stick to the Biblical laws.

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