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Michelangelo and the Creation of Man

Todd Powelson

First time I’ve heard it but, this week I discovered that in Michelangelo‘s “Creation of Man” the figure of God and the Heavenly Host actually form the shape of a human brain. I don’t know why I have never noticed that before, especially since I own and have read a few of books on Michelangelo. Now I will never be able to un-see that brain. Michelangelo is known for his dissection of human cadavers, his biological research, and his understanding of human anatomy. For me, at least, the brain is clearly there. Because I have some understanding of Michelangelo’s character and personality through what I’ve read and my study of art history, I think its completely intentional.

I have my own thoughts on why he’d overlay God onto a human brain, but I’ll leave it for you to judge for yourself.

Todd Powelson
Todd Powelson works as a Graphic Designer, Illustrator, and Visual Artist.

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