Analysis Of Michelangelo's Creation Of Adam

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One of the most recognizable pieces of artwork in the history of art history, and still today in modern times is Michelangelo’s Creation of Adam, a fresco which is part of a larger scene on the extremely famous and well known Sistine Chapel ceiling. Many people recognize the image of God wrapped in cloth extending his arm and pointing towards a naked figure, Adam, who is equally extending his finger to meet God’s. However, their fingers do not touch. They instead remain electrifyingly close in a way that seems as if their fingers could collide at any moment. Several art historians analyzed this particular aspect of the fresco to have deeper meaning, as well as the nude figures next to God. Later in the essay, I will explain the significance…show more content…
Hibbard focuses mainly on the chronological order of the Sistine Chapel ceiling--the timeline in which it was painted and its Biblical order. For it’s Biblical order, Hibbard notes that the first three frescos from Genesis: God Separating Light and Darkness, Creating the Sun and the Moon, and Separating the Waters are creation scene that “may also invoke the coming of Christ” (Michelangelo, 116). Furthermore, in The Creation of Adam Hibbard suggests that the figures surrounding God are the Virgin Mary and Christ--an “antetype of the birth of Christ” (Michelangelo 117). This is an interesting new perspective Hibbard takes on the fresco. On The Creation of Adam, Hibbard presents a more objective approach to analyzing it, basing his analysis on what he sees directly in the painting. He acknowledges the different themes and contrasts within the painting, including the active and the passive, and the division between spirit and body. While Hibbard’s interpretations are considerably more objective than those of Vasari, it is mere observation without reasoning. Through mathematical analysis, I will interpret a more concrete source of the division between spirit and body, active and passive in this…show more content…
While the alignment is not perfect, it is extremely close, and for someone who probability did not have the tools to very correctly calculate the golden ratio, Michelangelo did a very good job at achieving the golden ratio. The golden ratio is significant in this painting for many reasons. The first reason is that it quantifies and gives objective significance to Michelangelo’s mastery and skill Vasari and Hibbard reference. The second reason is that it highlights important aspects of the painting: the fingers nearly touching Using the Golden Ratio is appropriate and applicable for analyzing one of Michelangelo’s greatest artistic achievements. It was used in the past and is still used today to measure how aesthetically pleasing an object is. The golden ratio can be found in logos for companies such as Pepsi and Honda, in web design, in architecture such as the Taj Mahal, and in other works of art including The Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci. Each instance of the golden ratio is an instance of beauty, harmony and aesthetic perception in design. Michelangelo strove for this
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