Today, i am going to describe about the Ceiling of Adam of the Sistine Chapel, Vatican City, Rome Italy.
The artwork is actually adapted one of the chronology from the book of Genesis, Bible which describe about the birth of first human, ADAM. As we can see, from our first view, there were two main object on the picture, Adam and the God of Father.Michelangelo is commission by the Pope Julius 2 to draw the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. Besides that, the empty background of the artwork is important as it provide a space for the joining of the two hands. At the same time, the Creation of Adam also symbolizes the Christian religion.
The posture of the Adam raising his bare arm toward the God is the reflection of the God. (The Creation of Adam, Michelangelo, 1511). Indeed, the position also indicates that Adam is receiving the life from The Father. Indeed, the viewer of this artwork will follow the motion of the hand from the left to the right, the extended hand of the Adam and the God.
Indeed, there is a differences in terms of composition in this artwork. Although we can observed that the hand of the Adam and the God is facing to each other from a curve line from Adam shoulder to His fingers.However, the position of the the focal point between the both figure is off- centered. (Gardner's Art throughout the Ages, Page 594-595). Michelangelo replacing the straight architectural lines axes with curve and diagonal lines which applied on the figure of the artwork. But, How?
It is obvious when we observed the posture of the Adam and the God is quite similar. The Adam is displaying front posture from his breast till his stomach while His leg is showing 3/4 posture. It is a similarity in term of leg posture which contain curve lines between Adam and the God.
Emotionalism: Besides that, the red colour background behind the God is reflecting a human brain. The position of one of the angel below the right arm of the God of Father actually reflects the emotion of human. (www.mentalhealthandillness.com, 2011). The position of the God also indicates the limbic system of a brain, which control the nerves system of a brain such as anger. It is clear when position of the angel have a sad expression which it impose the brain region control the emotion. ( http://www.wellcorps.com)
The hand of the God move to the prefrontal cortex, which is the brain region organize the creativity of an object.This artwork was completed based on a fresco technique which need to be completed in a short period of time.