Creation of Adam - Detail by Michelangelo



Title

Creation of Adam - Detail

Artist

Michelangelo

Ref GM2395
Type Fine Art Print
Image Size 20" x 16" (50 x 40 cm)
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Description  
The Creation of Adam is a fresco painting by Michelangelo, forming part of the Sistine Chapel ceiling, painted circa 1511–1512. The Sistine Chapel the best-known chapel of the Apostolic Palace, the official residence of the Pope in the Vatican City, Italy. The painting illustrates the Biblical creation narrative from the Book of Genesis in which God breathes life into Adam, the first man. The fresco is part of a complex iconographic scheme and is chronologically the fourth in the series of panels depicting episodes from Genesis. It is the most well-known of the Sistine Chapel fresco panels. God's right arm is outstretched to impart the spark of life from his own finger into that of Adam, whose left arm is extended in a pose mirroring God's, a reminder that man is created in the image and likeness of God (Gen 1:26). Another point is that Adam's finger and God's finger are not touching. It gives the impression that God, the giver of life, is reaching out to Adam who receives it. The image of the near-touching hands of God and Adam has become one of the single most iconic images of humanity.