100%(2)2 out of 2 people found this document helpful
This preview shows page 2 - 5 out of 6 pages.
Creation of Adam is the central work - is regarded as the quintessential expression of Renaissance art and one of the finest Renaissance paintings of the 15th and 16th centuries. Its status as an iconic work of religious art is unrivalled: indeed, some art critics consider it to be Christianity's greatest pictorial work.
In the ‘Creation of Adam’ fresco, God is portrayed as an old bearded man enveloped in a swirling cloak. Adam is entirely naked and positioned on the lower left. God’s right arm is extended as if imparting the spark of life into Adam, whose left arm is extended in a mirroring pose of God's. The mirroring pose suggests the underscoring of humanity’s creation in God’s image. Notably, the fingers of Adam and God do not touch indicating that God, the giver of life, is reaching out to Adam with life.Moreover, much conjecture abounds about the significance of the ‘Creation of Adam’s’ decidedly creative composition. Michelangelo's well-documented knowledge of human anatomy has led to such theories. For example, in the background figures and shapes depicted behind the form of God there appears an anatomically correct representation of the human brain, with the frontal lobe, optic chiasm, brain stem, pituitary gland, and the major sulci of the cerebrum. Also, the red cloth around God is shaped like a human uterus, with the colored green scarf hanging out signifying a newly cut umbilical cord.
In the ‘Creation of Adam’ fresco on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel Michelangelo painted theGenesis birth of Adam (Gen 2:19). God the Father, in appearance like theBiblical Moses character, reaches out to Adam as if to give life. This is perhaps an appropriate