Sistine Chapel Ceiling: Creation of Adam— Michelangelo Buonarroti 1510 (from Wikiart.org)
Michelangelo was born this date in 1475.
He began planning the ceiling in 1508. He finished it in 1512. I cannot think of words to describe the work, or the work. Others try:
The Creation of Adam is so famous that it is almost impossible to see it with fresh eyes, as Michelangelo’s contemporaries saw it– simply as a spark of life given to Man by God: ‘And God created man in his own image… and breathed into his face the breath of life; and man became a living soul.”
[from The Art of the Renaissance by Peter and Linda Murry, 1963]
If you’d like to read more about the Sistine Chapel ceiling you can start at The Michelangelo Gallery.
And after you’ve looked and read some, imagine the Sistine Chapel– or any of Michelangelo’s or Da Vinci’s or thousands of others’ works– gone.