Michelangelo

On the Importance of Stretching

Creation of Adam (detail) by Michaelangelo

The center of the Sistine Chapel depicts an image that has been over-utilized to the point of becoming a cliché.  Nonetheless, its meaning is still worth revisiting, for it encapsulates the central drama between God and man.  An energetic God-the-Creator thrusts his hand toward a reclining Adam.  His intended beneficiary, however, recoils.  His hand droops.  His body language spells “retreat”.  […]