At 17, he started dissecting bodies in the local church cemetery. Between 1508 and 1512, he painted the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel in Rome. The sculpture and also architecture made him known. He was also an excellent anatomist. A secret he hid by destroying all his anatomical sketches and notes. And because of his incredible talent, he painted “The Creation of Adam.”
Of all the paintings on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, The Creation of Adam is Michelangelo’s most impressive work. The great art critics have had nothing but praise for this fresco, with Vasari describing Adam in the superlative: “Adam, whose beauty, posture and contours are so perfect.”
The visual effect is sensational; on the left, Adam, the pure creation of God, reaches out to the highest energy in the Universe. In this way, he comes to life, and the purity emanating makes us believe that he has not yet fallen into sin.