Wednesday, 4 March 2009

Michelangelo and the Creation of Adam

The fresco of the Creation of Adam, one of the scenes from the Bible realised by Michelangelo between 1508 and 1512 on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, contains a very fascinating mistery. In fact it seems that the red "shell" within which lays the figure of God (in the right part of the fresco) is a representation of the right side of a human brain. Michelangelo got an excellent anatomical knowledge, despite at that time was forbidden to dissect corpses. But the most incredible thing is that the right side of the human brain is the one which supervises fantasy and...creation. The idea of a "divine brain" dedicated to the creation of the human kind: a concept magnificently expressed by Michelangelo.