Michelangelo’s the Sistine Chapel Relationship to Humanism – Rebecca Strickland
Michelangelo, Creation of Adam, from the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel in the God is depicted as an elderly, yet muscular, man with grey hair and a long beard . It's such a great painting because you have God very energetic, and the for many as the most powerful portrayal of man's relationship to God. I don't know how much they thought of God as male before the Sistine Chapel. The famous Michelangelo painted the “Creation of Adam” on the ceiling of The painting displays the relationship between God and Mankind.
Getting paint in his eyes and laughing almost going blind. It took a lot of painful experimenting to make it work. You have the drunkenness of Noah, you have the 40 days and 40 nights and representations of the floods and Adam and Eve being expelled from the Garden.
That last image you find yourself in front of the altar piece, which is the Last Judgment and which very famously has those who are going to heaven on one side and those who are not on the other. Art historian Goodbody says she paid an extra admission fee so she could spend two hours in the Sistine chapel studying the ceiling all by herself. This is the part where Elizabeth Dodson Gray, the feminist theologian, and author of three books, takes exception.
It was a great picture, bad theology, very bad theology. So actually the energy of creation went up, rather than down.
Well if you look at the Caravaggio picture, when Narcissus looks in the water and only sees his face. And the sentence I wrote is that the male of the species saw only himself when he looked in the cosmic pool of ultimate mystery.
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Sometimes in the scripture there are feminine analogies used. Goodbody, now the curator of Artintelligence. You know, this sort of God giving energy to a test tube baby or a DNA molecule. I think part of what gave art so much power for Michelangelo was not just the need to shock folks that might become complacent, but the vision of a transcendent order and the idea that we live in a world that has meaning and has moral beauty, and that human life is about something, and wanting to point people to something beyond themselves, wanting to point people to that hope.
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Michelangelo uses nudity to signify the celebration of the human body, proving just now wonderful, strong, and beautiful people are. There is so much detail, that an individual could feel overwhelmed with all the beauty surrounding them. Michelangelo did a fantastic job of challenging himself and the world around him by creating the Sistine Chapel.
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The details of the nude and clothed individuals allowed Michelangelo to demonstrate his skill in creating a wide variety of poses of the human figure. In particular, The Creation of Adam shows God giving life to the first man, while Eve, the first woman, watches from beneath.
Michelangelo is not only painting in great detail, but is also retelling stories that could have many interpretations. For example, having Adam being the one to touch God, and Eve being below him could be interrupted as the man being above woman in a terms of unity.
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Or the touch could represent God being closer to men. Whatever the interpretation, Michelangelo took what he believed and created a masterpiece. It was extremely brave to go against the wishes of the Pope and to create something Michelangelo found more fitting for the venue.
It was also brave to incorporate elements of humanism into the work.