Research #5 – ‘Creation of Adam/Hand of God’

Creación_de_Adán_(Miguel_Ángel) michelangelo


The final part of my research is to to look into the background, meaning and discussion surrounding the fresco painting ‘Creation of Adam’ by famed High Renaissance artist Michelangelo. When I was coming up with and ideas and thumbnails for my image, I immediately thought of this image, especially as it enables the viewer to read a certain power relationship within the image. For my own image, I want to communicate that in these new laws surrounding vaccinations, the government has the ultimate power. They are ultimately using money to force parents to vaccinate their children and so they hold the most power and control. Within ‘Creation of Adam’, God has the power, as he is in the act of creating Adam – he is creating a human life-form which is an immense power to hold.

Here are some notes on the ‘Creation of Adam’ (Taken from Wikipediasorry!)

  • The Creation of Adam is a fresco painting by Michelangelo, which forms part of the Sistine Chapel’s ceiling, painted circa 1511–1512. It illustrates the Biblical creation narrative from the Book of Genesis in which God breathes life into Adam, the first man.
  • Leonardo da Vinci’s Last Supper and Michelangelo’s Creation of Adam are the most replicated religious paintings of all time.
  • 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 has yet to receive it; they are not on “the same level” as would be two humans shaking hands, for instance.
  • Several hypotheses have been put forward about the meaning of The Creation of Adam’s highly original composition, many of them taking Michelangelo’s well-documented expertise in human anatomy as their starting point.

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