Fresco Painting “The Creation of Adam” by Michelangelo Buonarotti

The universe of art is one of the most diverse aspects of human creation, presenting a whole new paradigm of people’s perception of the outer world. In fact, art is one of the most significant tools to envision an exquisite mindset and notions that could not be described with the help of any lexical interpretation. However, while every work of art bears its own semantic meaning and significance for the author, there are works the paramount importance of which exists beyond concepts of time and place, as they represent the transcendent meaning that lives within one’s conscience. Undoubtedly, a prime example of such a versatile art piece is Michelangelo Buonarotti’s “The Creation of Adam,” written at the beginning of the 16th century:

The Creation of Adam, fresco painting
Buonarotti, M. (1508-12). The Creation of Adam, fresco painting, Sistine Chapel.

The following art piece is a part of Buonarotti’s fundamental work of Sistine Chapel’s ceiling fresco painting, which is considered to be one of the major world masterpieces that are still interesting for both the observers and researchers. The painting itself consists of so many details that one needs to look at the piece with small breaks in order to grasp at least half of them. However, one of the most significant aspects of the painting itself concerns the anatomy preserved by the author and the timeframe of the work. Many modern researchers try to define how Buonarotti managed to depict the human body and anatomical features so precisely at times when science itself was not as advanced (Ashford & Tatem, 2020). When speaking of the author’s background that could lead to such an outcome, it should be mentioned that Buonarotti spent much time of his life studying human cadavers, being fascinated by the body’s structure and capabilities. As a result, most of his works were dedicated to the depiction of humans and the human torso in particular. Such an obsession has later led to completely new tendencies in the field of art.

Having been inspired by the aforementioned masterpiece, I was immediately captivated by the idea of depicting the elegance and tenderness of human hands, as the central part of the piece is the most magnetizing for me. However, during my sketching process, I paid less attention to the issue of anatomy as it is not one of my strongest sides. Instead, I emphasized the emotive part of the painting, trying to render the feelings associated with hands, so the lines of the drawing are rather mild and thin, trying to depict the emotion of safety and warmth.

The connection between the works is rather relative, as I did not have the intention to render the variety of fundamental meanings in the painting, focusing plainly on my subconscious response to the art piece. Moreover, the impressions of the painting could never be the same due to the scope of work and their medium. “The Creation of Adam” is a part of an enormous fresco painting full of various settings, connotations, and color palettes, while my sketch is a pencil-drawn picture with a limited number of possible associations. Moreover, the scope of the work plays a significant role in the perception of the observer, as the monumentalism of Buonarotti’s painting leaves a completely different effect on the viewer, as people tend to remain influenced by that for a long time. Thus, taking everything into consideration, it might be concluded that the formal elements of the painting, along with the size and connotation, has a significant influence on one’s perception of art and personal creation intentions.

References

Ashford, J. W., & Tatem, S. B. (2020). Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel Frescoes: communications about the brain. Neurocase, 26(5), 293-298.

The Creation of Adam. (2020). In Wikipedia [Image].