Art as I see it: Michelangelo’s creation mystery
The picture above is Michelangelo’s Creation of Man. He painted it on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. There are many things in this fresco that are incorrect. God is not an old man in a nightgown, and the cherubim are not pudgy little babies, just ask Isaiah (Isaiah 6). But the mystery is: who is the woman next to God? It is not Eve, as when she appears elsewhere in the Sistine Chapel she looks different from this woman. Some might say that se is the feminine aspect of God, but I don’t think so. Where in the Bible can they find something to support that? My best guess as to her identity is that she may be representative of the innocence of man. My reasons for this are that Adam seems to be looking at her longingly, she appears to be hiding from him, and God is reaching His hand to Adam, which I can see as a prophecy of the time when He would take man to the heavens, without the necessity of a sinless life.
As always, feel free to comment and tell me your opinions, ask questions, and disagree, however vehemently you want. Good-bye for now! 🙂