What Is The Mysterious Detail In Michelangelo’s “The Creation of Adam” Actually Trying to Tell?

Dilara Avlupınar

Dilara Avlupınar

Boğaziçi Ekonomi

22 September 2021

Although the most striking part of the “Creation of Adam” work by Michelangelo, one of the most famous artists of the Italian renaissance period, was the part where the hands meet, it turned out that there are much larger details elsewhere in the painting. There are various discussions about the painting. Let’s take a look at these discussions:

The Creation of Adam by Michelangelo in 1511 is located on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel.

In the famous work, Michelangelo allegedly painted his own face as the face of God.




The most famous interpretation of the painting, as can be understood from its name, is that the creator gave life to Adam. Another interpretation is that the painting depicts people’s alienation from God.

Here we can show the part where the hands of God and Adam meet as the most important part.




The new theses about the painting, which has been interpreted in this way for years, are not unreasonable at all.

New interpretations are that in the painting, God is drawn into a brain-like mold.


When we look at the picture again, we can see that the part where God is located is indeed the brain, and that Michelangelo placed God in the middle of the brain.

So, Michelangelo to humanity “God is actually you, he is in you” may have delivered the message. Do not forget that works of art gain meaning with the interpretations of the people who look at it.




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