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The Creation of Adam section of the painter Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel Ceiling fresco is without doubt one of the most recognizable creations in the history of painting. Thematically, Michelangelo represents the Biblical creation narrative in which God breathes life into Adam, the first man. This imagined reproduction of the scene is the fourth panel in a series depicting tales from the Book of Genesis. Rivalled only by the Mona Lisa in popular acclaim, the Creation of Adam and the tiny gap between the hands of God and Adam is a breath-taking and moving emblem of the story of humanity. This stark image has been the subject of numerous homages, imitations and parodies - a testament to its lasting effect on mankind’s aesthetic consciousness.
Filled with deft hints at a deeper mystical meaning, Michelangelo’s Creation of Adam has been the subject of popular debate for centuries. Looking closely at the work, behind God and his menagerie, one can make out a fleshy pink background. Many have argued that this is a shapely reproduction of a cross-section of the human brain. Experts have pointed out that the various limbs, and outstretched bodies correspond perfectly to various nodes and pituitary glands. If this was the artist’s intention then perhaps the painting does not depict God giving life to Adam but rather Adam receiving a message or transference of knowledge. Most likely, Michelangelo is allowing the viewer to pay witness to God imparting to man the gift of Reason, that most valued Renaissance ideal.
Yet, whether or not this theory holds true or whether, as many others believe, the pink shape is a cross-section of a uterus, Michelangelo demonstrates his profound knowledge of the human anatomy. Gaining practical knowledge by dissecting bodies in the church of Santo Spirito, the artist unites the eternal with the mortality of man in this staggering fresco.
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If you have any request to alter your reproduction of Creation of Adam 1510, you must email us after placing your order and we'll have an artist contact you. If you have another image of Creation of Adam 1510 that you would like the artist to work from, please include it as an attachment. Otherwise, we will reproduce the above image for you exactly as it is.
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