More About the Creation of Adam
The main focus of this fresco by Michelangelo remain the almost touching index fingers of Adam and The Almighty.
Adam on left, a young robust man, lying on the ground amidst a scenic landscape and God on right, straight out of the heavens with angels.
There is hardly anything happening on the background with viewer’s attention directed to the energies of both the subjects.
While Adam can barely hold his fingers up, God is directing his sharply like almost about to transfer energy into him.
Michelangelo with Creation of Adam represents the divine moment in bible when God creates the first man with his index finger.
The painting is caught in action when their fingers are about to meet and breath life into him.
Creation of Adam first appeared in the Sistine Chapel where rest of Michelangelo’s works have found home.
But the authenticity and the thought put down into creating this masterpiece is commendable.
A lot of people don’t know but there may have been hidden message that Michelangelo tried to pass on with this particular painting.
Renaissance was the rebirth of mankind, and not just in form of art but in science as well.
Michelangelo, being a renaissance man, may have extended his hands on science.
Considering that, a few researchers have claimed that the red cloth at the back of God represent the human brain.
Other say it resembles postpartum uterus.
All these interpretations somewhere indicate that there was an involvement of science in the creation of Adam and it was not just religion as it seems.
To each his own.
Keeping the interpretations aside, there is yet another characteristic of this painting that stands out and that is the use of colors and textures.
The color scheme has huge segments of fleshy tones like browns and cream along with the presence of yellow for the hair. God hair has used gray shade to make him appear older and wiser while Adam’s youth is enhanced with darker brown hair and blonde highlights.
Use of green for the semi-visible scenic landscape, red for the scarf and the bluish-gray for the sky created a mixed composition of cool and warm colors.
There is an overall harmony that falls perfectly with the skin tones.
The texture, interestingly, gives a light and diaphanous look to the paintiong. Color instead of texture is used to depict the muscular bodies. The skin, however, remains smooth giving a pastel-like shade to the painting.
It also allows a space for things to look like they are in motion. For example, God’s hair is showing blowing with the wind. This adds to the action element of the painting.
The placement of both the characters add a convex and concave appearance while corners are used to show the power dynamics between both the subjects.
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