Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Michelangelo's Incarnation

This is an interesting article about Michelangelo's painting in the Sistine Chapel. Long story short, some scientists and art historians have argued that Michelangelo secretly included internal human anatomy (specifically the central and peripheral nervous systems) in the image of God. At first, the argument seemed like a stretch, but after reading all the arguments, I can see it.

In any case, whether or not it's a real hidden message, the idea of connecting human intelligence to the image of God is an interesting thought. No one knows for sure what the possible hidden message could be, but I also think this is a nice way of emphasizing how art can lead us to deeper devotion and theological understanding in a way that the simple written word could never reach.

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