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June 12, 2010

Well, this is just awesome

Filed under: Uncategorized — rmangum @ 5:09 pm
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Here’s an illustration of a possible hidden pattern in Michelangelo’s “Creation of Adam,” courtesy of the humor site Cracked.com.

The Wikipedia article on this famous work explains: In 1990 a physician named Frank Lynn Meshberger noted in the medical publication the Journal of the American Medical Association that the background figures and shapes portrayed behind the figure of God appeared to be an anatomically accurate picture of the human brain, including the frontal lobe, optic chiasm, brain stem, pituitary gland, and the major sulci of the cerebrum.

It certainly looks convincing, but is it plausible that Michelangelo intended it? Plausible, yes. Like his fellow Renaissance master Da Vinci, Michelangelo was fascinated with anatomy, and was known to cut up corpses. But if he did put this “Easter egg” into the painting, what did he mean by it? That God is a product of the human brain? Or something more mystical, like “God and the imagination are one?”


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