Ezekiel announced the impending doom on the inhabitants of Jerusalem
Year mention: 1617
Sacred vs. profane imagery

Artworks of stone, metal and the like are considered statues and can keep the memory of something alive and can thus be sacred objects

Molanus, Johannes
Hans Holbein - Ezekiel's Vision of the New Temple, 1538
Rijksmuseum Amsterdam, http://hdl.handle.net/10934/RM0001.COLLECT.31821

Molanus argues that statues can keep the memory of something alive and can be considered sacred objects.

“The prophet Ezekiel announced the impending doom to the inhabitants of Jerusalem, not only by word but also by drawing a picture of the siege of Jerusalem. The Lord God said to him, ‘Take a stone, son of man. And you shall lay siege to it, and set up camps, and build forts, and set up an army, and rams round about its walls.'”

“Ezechieli Prophetae ut Hierosolymitanis non solum verbis, sed et facto declararet imminentia mala, mandatum est ut in imagine describeret obsidionem Ierusalem. Haec dicit dominus Deus: ‘et tu fili homis sume tibi laterem et pones eum coram te et describes in eo civitatem Ierusalem. Et ordinabis adversus eam obsidionem et aedificabis munitiones et comportabis aggerem et dabis contra eam castra et pones arietes in gyro.'”

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Molanus, De historia sanctarum imaginum et picturarum (1617), book 2, ch. 51, 171-172

Molanus 1996, 268.

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