Michelangelo’s “The Creation of Adam,” part of his famous Sistine Chapel ceiling, is considered by some to be his greatest artistic achievement. Commissioned by Pope Julius II, it was one of nine scenes from Genesis which Michelangelo (1475 – 1564) painted. Depicting the flash of life and love surging from God to Adam, it fluently replicates human anatomy and movement.
Intellectually versatile, the brilliant Italian Renaissance artist Michelangelo Buonarroti (1475 – 1564) was also a skilled architect, poet and engineer. His studies of human anatomy and movement resulted in figures that were remarkably lifelike. Michelangelo’s crowning achievements were his sculptures, “Pietà” and “David,” created before he was 30, and the Sistine Chapel ceiling fresco, which was finished in four years and contained 300 figures. His eternal masterpieces were rendered in a wide range of media, and he was the first artist to have two biographies written about him in his lifetime.