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Two Old Testament Prophets

Despite being youthful and beardless, the two figures on either side of the window in the top of tier of the altar wall are Old Testament prophets who forecast the coming of Christianity. Their personal identity, however, is not designated.

Right Prophet (Jeremiah?)
The young man on the right holds a banderole, which for some reason was left blank. Isaiah, who prophesied the Virgin Birth, has been suggested. Jeremiah is even more likely: Jeremiah foretold the coming of the messiah, quoting God as saying “I will raise up to David a just branch: and a king shall reign . . . and shall execute judgment and justice in the earth” (23:5). The interplay between this handsome figure and the blond youth across the corner -- one of the vistas the Model makes possible -- suggests that Adam’s young offspring, having learned that death is the result of sin, hears the prophetic words and perceives the future redemption through the cross.

Left Prophet (Ezekiel?)
The prophet Ezekiel proclaimed: “This gate shall be shut, it shall not be opened, and no man shall pass through it: because the Lord the God of Israel hath entered in by it, and it shall be shut” (44:2). His words were interpreted as a description of the arrival of the messiah and of the eternal virginity of Mary, who is given the epithet “Porta Clausa.” The figure’s location high above the scene of the Annunciation and the closed door in that composition helps to identify this exclamatory figure.