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Michelangelo: Creation of Adam


As mentioned above: Michelangelo grew up in Florence and was the student of Domenico Ghirlandaio. He was a very talented artist and was an outstanding sculptor, artist, and architect. Also since he studied Ghirlandaio works, he became a famous painter, along with a sculptor, in all of Italy. One famous painted image is The Creation of Adam. He painted his vision of God and Adam on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel when Pope Julius II was his patron.


This work of art was completed quickly compared to his other pieces, Michelangelo only took four days to create this well known section of ceiling, compared to the four years it took him to complete the whole ceiling. With such little time, in comparison to his sculptures, he still created an awe inspiring piece. Michelangelo wanted this piece to portray how God created the first man (Adam). God is reclining in something that looks like a “brain” because he creates everything by touch, according to Christians. The detail is amazing, it is especially present in Adam’s and God’s hands and in the perfect anatomy of Adam. This painting has a vanishing point on their fingers because that is the most important part of the piece, where life all began. This specific piece captures the spirit of the Renaissance because during that time people were very religious. The Creation of Adam is very important to the Catholic Church because it explains how everything all got here and was formed. Altogether, the Creation of Adam is a famous, but also elaborate painting, and is not only significant piece of art to the Renaissance, but also to the Catholic Church.


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