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The creation of Adam. The spark of life.

Updated on February 26, 2014
Creation of Adam by Michelangelo (my version in pastel)
Creation of Adam by Michelangelo (my version in pastel) | Source

Even to those who have never open an art book or been in Rome, the two almost touching hands on The Genesis´s fresco seem so familiar. This painting is so widely spread that has entered the general culture domain.

It has inspired numerous artists,movies, and commercials around the world. Almost 500 years after this hands were painted by Michelangelo, they still continue to intrigue us. Michelangelo was a renaissance painter, sculptor, architect, engineer and poet. He created the two more influential pieces in fresco, "the genesis" and "the last judgement" in the Sixtine chapel.

Michelangelo's Adam depicts the renaissance ideal man. God has a face, far from the old testament wrathful god, instead, He looks like a nice elderly man. God approaches in with great speed and it's noticeable in his hair and beard. The background figures and shapes portrayed behind God have a similar shape to the human brain, others say it has the shape of an uterus. I don't think all this theories can be ever verified but its great to have them around because It makes you see this wonderful piece of art history from different angles, exciting new ways of perceiving a pleasant piece of human history just there, looking down to us from the Sixtine chapel´s ceiling an Italian.

Beautiful expressions of art are all over to be admired. It´s just up to us to keep our eyes open for beauty.


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    • LorenAyBe profile image

      LorenAyBe 6 years ago from Belgium

      The renassaince was a golden age for art. Michelangelo was one of the masters and his works are amanzing. Even though you are not into art(western art) you know Michelangelo's touching hands, a proof that this painting is part of world's general culture. thx for sharing.

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      Vinaya Ghimire 6 years ago from Nepal

      Though I'm not too much aware of western art, I have seen Michelangelo's art (in book and TV of course) and I very much admire beauty in his work.