Stone plaque with Michelangelo's famous fresco 'The creation of Adam'
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This stone plaque shows Michelangelo's famous fresco 'The creation of Adam' on the ceiling of the Sistine chapel in the Vatican.
Michelangelo painted the fresco in the Sistine chapel between 1508 and 1512.
Michelangelo (1475 - 1564) is one of the most famous artist in the world.
He was not just a sculptor, but also painter, architect and poet.
Michelangelo is considerd one of the most important artists of the Itallian renaissance.
The work is the portrayal of the biblical story from the book of Genesis in which God the Father breathes life in Adam.
God is portrayed as an older man with a white beard, dressed in a swirling cloak while Adam, bottom left of the image, is completely naked.
God's right arm is stretched out to transfer a life spark of his own finger to that of Adam, whose left arm is mirrored to that of God, a reference to the idea that man was created in the image and likeness of God (Genesis 1:26).
Another point is that the fingers do not touch each other.
It gives the impression that God, the giver of life, still has to give it to Adam; they are not yet at "the same level".
There are many hypotheses regarding the identity and meaning of the twelve people around God.
The person protected by God's left arm could be Eve, given the feminine appearance and the look to Adam.
Other suggestions are Jesus' mother Mary, Sophia the goddess of wisdom, the personified human soul or a female angel.
This stone plaque is signed 'after Michelangelo' and then the name of the maker.
We were not able to determine the name.
The plaque with a witdh of 93 cm and a heigth of 52 cm has a mounting bracket on the back.
This is a unique peace and fits nicely in any interior.
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