Collection

04

Creation of Adam

Qr Code

original title

Creazione di Adamo

The artwork

date

1510 - 1512

details

Fresco

High Renaissance
Religious
280 cm × 570 cm

Links

The artist

Michelangelo Buonarroti

March 6, 1475

Italian

Where to see it

The Sistine Chapel

There is no greater harm than that of time wasted.
Michelangelo

Why we love it

The Relationship between Creation and the Creator:
The delicate connection between the creator and creation only comes in after one understands what the painting is about, but there is one more issue. The power concept depicted here is not as a result of the picture at all. The fact that most people know the story behind this painting blinds them to the fact that these are simply two delicately reaching out to one another, both with a sense of yearning and restraint. Their fingers are stretched out to the point of touching, but their hands are stretched out in a void of nothingness, and frankly, those angels that are holding up the form of God appear to be failing at that task. Without influence from the story of creation, this painting becomes a show of love and friendship. It ceases to be about God’s Creation of Adam and becomes about two people who simply want to connect with each other.
This is the aspect of the picture that is both comforting and heartbreaking. It is hard to imagine a man without God, but imagining the relationship between the two personalities as strictly one sided is not all that comforting either. [More… ]

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Stories

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Michelangelo has become iconic as a “gay man” with a place in the “Canon” of Art History. Renaissance Italy was a very homosocial culture for aristocratic men, and it was public knowledge that younger men (such as apprentices) often had intimate and sexual relationships with their mentors. Michelangelo was openly a part of this culture. He created his own story..

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