Interesting Facts About The Creation Of The Adam Painting

Interesting Facts About The Creation Of The Adam Painting

The Creation of Adam painting which lies on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel was painted by Michelangelo between the years 1508 and 1512. The Creation of Adam painting is a biblical narrative from the Book of Genesis where God breathes life into the first man, Adam. Here are a few fun facts about Michelangelo’s fresco painting.

  • The near touching of hands between God and Adam in the painting has turned out to become an iconic symbol depicting humanity.


  • It is a fact that the two most duplicated and replicated religious paintings are Michelangelo’s Creation of Adam and Leonardo da Vinci’s The Last Supper.
  • The whole painting lies in an area of over 500 square meters and includes over three hundred figures in the ceiling painting.
  • Nine episodes from the Book of Genesis depicting three parts, God’s creation of Earth, God’s creation of humankind and humankind’s fall from God’s grace can be observed at the heart and center of the vast and mesmerizing painting.
  • There are various other paintings which exist on the ceiling other than the Creation of Adam. These are paintings of the Cumaen Sibyl, Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, Prophet Jeremiah and the Deluge.
  • As you can see in the painting, the fingers of Adam and God never touch, although they may appear to touch. According to biblical facts, it depicts that God who is the giver of life is reaching out to Adam who is to receive it.

  • In 1990, Frank Meshberger a physician observed the painting carefully and concluded in his journal of American Medical Association or AMA that the array of figures depicted behind God seemed to form a very detail and accurate picture of the human brain which is anatomically correct as well.
  • Michelangelo saw himself more of a sculptor rather than a painter. Due to this principle he followed, he did not accept the commission of his painting on the Sistine Chapel’s ceiling at first and later reluctantly accepted it.
  • Michelangelo took four years to complete the fresco paintings. And in these paintings, he painted God last as he wanted to perfect his technique and painting skill working on others before working on the mighty.
  • Seeing Michelangelo work on his paintings was a sight to see as it was believed that he lay on his back while painting the ceiling and created his own scaffolding structures when he had to paint standing up.
  • It wasn’t till the very end of completion, and the unveiling of the entire painting did Michelangelo get a glimpse of his masterpiece since the various scaffolding materials remained till he was done.
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