The Creation of Adam 1510 by Michelangelo | Oil Painting Reproduction
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The Creation of Adam 1510
Artist: Michelangelo
Size: 34 x 75 cm (13.4 x 29.5")
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Michelangelo The Creation of Adam

In the entire history of art, the skill, beauty and spiritual significance of Michelangelo’s masterpiece The Creation of Adam has never been equaled.

Where is Michelangelo’s Creation of Adam painting?

The Creation of Adam paintings form part of the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. Originally constructed by Pope Sixtus IV, Michelangelo decorated the building between 1508 and 1512.

Other leading artists of the day, such as Sandro Botticelli, Domenico Ghirlandaio and Pietro Perugino also contributed to this monumental project.

Legend has it that Bramante (the famed Italian architect and painter) particularly resented Michelangelo’s recent commission to build the Pope’s Tomb. He knew Michelangelo was unfamiliar with large-scale frescos.

For this reason, Bramante persuaded the Pope to hire Michelangelo for the Sistine Chapel decorations. Bramante hoped Michelangelo would fail at the task and consequently suffer in reputation.

What is the meaning of Michelangelo’s Creation of Adam?

The Creation of Adam fresco illustrates the moment of creation, described in the Biblical Book of Genesis. It thus represents the exact moment God breathes life into Adam, the first man. 

Michelangelo’s “fingers touching” is one of the most iconic moments in the entirety of art. The way Adam’s arm mirrors God’s reminds us that humanity is made Imago Dei (“in the image and likeness of God”).

Whilst this is the most commonly accepted interpretation of the painting, three other main theories persist.

The first of these hypotheses argues Michelangelo’s painting represents the anatomy of the human brain (linking to God’s gift of consciousness). Conversely, others argue it portrays childbirth (supported by the red cloth surrounding God, supposedly resembling a uterus).

Thirdly and finally, other scholars posit the inclusion of an additional concealed rib in Adam’s torso. This resultantly represents the creation of the first woman, Eve.

The Creation of Adam actually forms just a small part of the complex Sistine Chapel artworks. As a whole, Michelangelo’s decorative scheme stretches over 500 square meters. It contains more than 300 individual figures.

The Creation of Adam fresco is the fourth of a series of ceiling panels, all representing key narratives from the Book of Genesis. There are nine panels in total, representing God’s creation of the earth and humanity, our fall from grace, and the story of Noah and his family.

What techniques did Michelangelo use in the Creation of Adam?

Michelangelo had an incredibly detailed and meticulous working process.

He usually started with detailed paper sketches (paper was a relatively new commodity at this point). This innovative approach accordingly allowed Michelangelo to plan his paintings and work-out compositional difficulties.

As a result of this working process, Michelangelo produced two separate sketches for the Creation of Adam. Today, they are both displayed at the British Museum in London.

He also studied the human body in detail, evident in Adam’s accurately observed form. Indeed, Michelangelo dissected many cadavers over the course of his lifetime. Particularly captivated by the male torso, he returned to this theme on several occasions.

To create the painting itself, Michelangelo used the classic Italian “buon fresco” technique. This involved paint pigments applied to wet plaster in a series of washes.

Color is thus built-up rapidly, allowing for the astoundingly vivid hues seen today. The more granular details of the faces necessitated the “fresco secco” method, involving painting onto dry plaster.

Subsequently reproduced in countless forms (from posters to mugs and full-scale oil painting reproductions), this Michelangelo renaissance masterpiece has stood the test of time. It remains one of the most famous, and most celebrated works of Italian High Renaissance art.


Learn more about the genius of Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni better known as just Michaelangelo

Michelangelo. High Renaissance Italian artist of the 16th century and one of the most famous artists and sculptors who has ever lived. Many of Michaelangelo’s paintings and sculptures are considered to be the greatest ever created. He is perhaps most famous for the sculpture, David, and his painting of the ceiling of the Sistine chapel, in the Vatican. Born in Tuscany, Michelangelo went to study in Florence and at only 14 was taken by the powerful Medici family to study in their Humanist academy. Most of his early work was sculpture, but he was commissioned by the newly appointed Pope, Julius II, to paint over 500 square meters of the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel which contains over 300 figures. This huge undertaking took 4 years to complete. His last great work was another mural also in the Sistine chapel, behind the altar, known as the Last Judgment. Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci and Raphael, all contemporaries, are considered the greatest artists and sculptors of the Florentine High Renaissance.

The Creation of Adam forms part of the Sistine chapel ceiling and can now be purchased an art canvas replica.

Other motifs from the Sistine Chapel, including Michaelangelo’s Prophets and Sybils can be purchases as reproduction paintings.


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Notes About Your Painting

Please note that replica oil paintings are finished with an additional 10cm (4") of extra canvas on all sides, allowing ample surplus canvas for stretching and framing.

Why settle for a poster or paper art print when you can own a real oil painting on canvas? This is a hand painted oil painting reproduction of a masterpiece, by a talented artist no electronic transfer methods are employed.

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