Creation Of Adam Analysis

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The artwork I have chosen to analyze its iconography is the ‘Creation of Adam’, which is the part of the painting of the Sistine Chapel Ceiling. Pope Julius II commissioned Michelangelo to paint this fresco panel. Due to the worrying cracks that appear on the ceiling, the pope hired Michelangelo to repair the paint and decorate the vault. This work started in 1508 and was finished in 1512. The Sistine Chapel Ceiling canvas was measured in accumulation to be 12,000 square feet (1,100 m2), being 40.23 m in length and 13.30 m in width (134 x 43 ft). In particular, this essay will focus on the Creation of Adam, which is the part of the Sistine Chapel Ceiling. This essay will elucidate the interpretation of iconography through this artwork, visual image, symbolism, authentic research, and my own personal perspectives.

The very first focus of this artwork is the hand gesture of the god and Adam as human. In this picture, God is portrayed as an old man with white-bearded that has bind with cloth; whereas, Adam is a depicted to be a naked man on the lower left. The man that wrapped in a swirling cloak had his right arm stretched out to the left. The God arm is
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I believe the angel that have the green slash at the right of the god are the Archangel named Michael. It could be interpreted that Michelangelo purposely painted this green slash, in order to secretly sign his name on his work (Michel-Angelo). One of the hypothesis, Michelangelo deliberately left some clue on the artwork, so when people who truly appreciate art look through this artwork, they will definitely recognize the theory. This hypothesis could be feasible because Michelangelo does not quote his name obviously after the Pieta statue. Michelangelo boldly carved his name Pieta sculpture across the sash on Virgin, because he was angry that people who appreciate his art, misunderstood the real sculptor (“The Pieta Michelangelo..,”
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