Art Appetizer: The Creation of Adam by Michelangelo

Renaissance artist, Michelangelo, is probably best known for his work in the iconic Sistine Chapel. Pope Sixtus IV commissioned the Sistine Chapel interior after he had the church renovated.

Michelangelo’s paintings in the chapel include nine central panels that portray the Stories of Genesis, the Creation and the Fall of man, the Flood, and the subsequent rebirth of mankind with the family of Noah.

One of the most famous fresco paintings in the chapel can be found in the central pieces on the ceiling. “The Creation of Adam” reflects Genesis 1: 26-27, “God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him.”

The Creatio of Adam (1510)

Here’s the 1-2-3 on “The Creation of Adam” by Michelangelo:

  1. While painting the entire ceiling, including The Creation of Adam, Michelangelo was suspended on a scaffold and painted while lying on his back.
  2. At this moment in Genesis, God transmits life into Adam by the touch of his finger. However, their fingers are not touching at this moment and there is no visible spark emitted in the painting, but the point is very clear.

    Close-up of Adam and God's hands

  3. In 1990, physician Frank Lynn Meshberger noted in the Journal of the American Medical Association “that the background figures and shapes portrayed behind the figure of God appeared to be an anatomically accurate picture of the human brain.”

And for good measure, some pop culture references…


It takes awhile, but you’ll eventually see George Clooney in “God’s Gift to Women.”


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