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This creation has become a symbol of Western European art. The masterpiece inside the masterpiece has hit the whole world. George Vasari said that Michelangelo’s painting was created as if by God himself, and not by the hand of a mere mortal.
The perfectly built Adam, deprived of vital energy, remains motionless at the moment when the figure of God surrounded by angels soars in the sky, slowly approaching his body. Adam's hand rested limply on his knee. The Creator draws a hand to breathe life into his creation, and almost touches Adam’s finger with his fingers.
Yes, yes, he does not touch him, but almost touches, while maintaining a very tiny gap, which gives the picture a fascination and tension. The viewer at the same time covers the visual effect, similar to an electric discharge. It seems to us that one more moment, and divine energy will fill the body of Adam.
The creation of Adam is part of the painting of the vault of the Sistine Chapel. All the work took a little more than two years. It was created from 1508 to 1512. At first, the artist thought to depict the apostles on the thrones.
Later, in 1523, Michelangelo wrote that in his letter he convinced Julius II of the failure of such an idea, as a result of which he received complete freedom of imagination. On the side walls, the viewer can see the era of the Law and the era of Grace, on the ceiling the painting is dedicated to the beginning of human history, described in the Book of Genesis.
Scenes fall into 3 triads.
1. Creation of the world
2. The creation of Adam and Eve, the temptation, and then the expulsion from paradise
3. The story of Noah
This painting can be interpreted in different ways. Since it was written in the papal chapel, its meaning should be orthodox, but to everything else, the idea of a renaissance was embodied in it.