"The Mathematical Consequences of the Creation of Adam"
Oil on Canvas 30" x 16" 10/28/2017
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When Michelangelo created the panel "The Creation of Adam", he could not know it would be one of the two most reproduces religious paintings of all time, the other being Da Vinci's Last Supper. The Creation of Adam is the fourth of five panels which depict the books of Genesis on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, painted from 1508-1512
The image of the near-touching hands of God and Adam has become iconic of humanity. The painting has been reproduced in countless imitations and parodies.
My own version here depicts the invisible reaction of the event that occurred beyond the five senses of man. Flame fractals have been employed to bring forth for the first time the patterns and currents which occurred between the figures of God and Adam's creation in this iconic painting.
While historians have written volumes on this work there are several interesting facts that can be discussed.
First and probably foremost is to consider that man was created in the image of god;
Genesis 1:27; So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.
In the painting, Michelangelo chose to depict both genitalia and a belly button. Who has seriously considered God to have genitals? If god created Adam, why then does he still have a belly button?
Was Michelangelo actually rebelling against the church and pointing out these inconsistencies way back in the 1500's? Could Michelangelo's well known knowledge of human anatomy have shaped his religious beliefs?
In his painting of God, Michelangelo has put god's left arm around a female, speculated by some to be Eve, others to be the mother of god, again implying that Michelangelo was postulating his belief in god.
Michelangelo was very well schooled in anatomy and displayed his talents on this subject in his sculptures. The fresco he created might have used this knowledge to dispute the bible and religion altogether, which would have made him a very advanced and radical thinker for the time.
The flame fractals which illustrate the hidden consequences of this bible depiction appear to allow the viewer to understand both the magnificence and gravity of the action, whether mythical or not. Here the fact of the finger of creation is touching or not does not matter, but the figures are bound by the fluid, fractal and illuminated patterns of nature and life force.
Michelangelo's, Creation of Adam Original Flame Fractal for the Mathematical Consequences
Original Flame Fractal image is derived from
The Creation of Adam is generally thought to depict the excerpt "God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him" (Gen. 1:27). The inspiration for Michelangelo's treatment of the subject may come from a medieval hymn, "Veni Creator Spiritus", which asks the 'finger of the paternal right hand' (digitus paternae dexterae) to give the faithful speech.
Several hypotheses have been put forward about the meaning of The Creation of Adam's highly original composition, many of them taking Michelangelo's well-documented expertise in human anatomy as their starting point. In 1990, an Anderson, Indiana physician, Frank Meshberger, noted in the Journal of the American Medical Association that the background figures and shapes portrayed behind the figure of God appeared to be an anatomically accurate picture of the human brain. On close examination, borders in the painting correlate with major sulci of the cerebrum in the inner and outer surface of the brain, the brain stem, the frontal lobe, the basilar artery, the pituitary gland and the optic chiasm.
Alternatively, it has been observed that the red cloth around God has the shape of a human uterus (one art historian has called it a "uterine mantle") and that the scarf hanging out, coloured green, could be a newly cut umbilical cord. Recently a group of Italian researchers published on Mayo Clinic Proceedings an article where the images of the mantle and the postpartum uterus were overlapped. According to Enrico Bruschini (2004), "This is an interesting hypothesis that presents the Creation scene as an idealised representation of the physical birth of man ("The Creation"). It explains the navel that appears on Adam, which is at first perplexing because he was created, not born of a woman
Meshberger, Frank Lynn (10 October 1990). "An Interpretation of Michelangelo's Creation of Adam Based on Neuroanatomy". JAMA. 264 (14): 1837–41. PMID 2205727. doi:10.1001/jama.1990.03450140059034. Retrieved 24 September 2012. Pdf. Excerpton Mental Health & Illness.com. Retrieved 21 September 2010.
Jump up^ Fields, R. Douglas (27 May 2010). "Michelangelo's secret message in the Sistine Chapel: A juxtaposition of God and the human brain". Scientific American. Retrieved 9 June 2016.