Hand of God giving life to Adam.
 Michelangelo Buonarroti, 1475-1564

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Title:Hand of God giving life to Adam
Notes:"Sometimes painters and sculptors are ahead of scholars when they suggest new interpretations of Scripture. For example, when Michelangelo was commissioned by Pope Julius II to decorate the vaulted ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, he was asked by the pontiff to read the biblical commentaries of a Dominican scholar. Michelangelo read them, but he went his own way. Thus, in the fresco of the creation of man, he represented God transmitting, finger-to-finger, to the newly sculpted body of Adam, the spark of life. Under the left arm, God harbored a beautiful young woman, whom art historians, to this day, identify as the yet-uncreated Eve. Such a traditional interpretation is not convincing. In this fresco, the image of the young woman differs markedly from the picture of Eve which appears elsewhere on the vaulted ceiling of the chapel. In the representation of Adam receiving the spark of life, the young woman is Lady Wisdom, a personification of the Creator's intelligence, which is found in the sapiential literature of the Old Testament." (God's Word/Samuel Terrien, 268)
Artist:Michelangelo Buonarroti, 1475-1564
Building:Sistine Chapel
Country:Vatican City

Person as Subject:God (Biblical figure)
Adam (Biblical figure)
General Subject:Wisdom
Hand of God
Creation of Adam

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Attribution:Michelangelo Buonarroti, 1475-1564. Hand of God giving life to Adam, from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN. https://diglib.library.vanderbilt.edu/act-imagelink.pl?RC=54258 [retrieved May 27, 2024]. Original source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/sam821/3077868328/.
Record Number:54258 Last Updated: 2021-08-04 13:04:36 Record Created: 2009-03-19 13:19:29
Institution:Vanderbilt University Collection: Art in the Christian Tradition

Bibliographic Source:God's Word for Our World, vol. 2