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Description of the painting by Michelangelo “The Creation of Eve”


Michelangelo’s Creation of Eve fresco decorates the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. The work of the Italian master is deservedly considered one of the most significant masterpieces of Western European art. The fresco depicts the famous scene from the Book of Genesis. Creation is so amazing that even at the time of creation it was said that it was created by God, such a masterpiece could not be made by the hands of a simple mortal man.

The central character of the picture - Eve looks feminine and defenseless. She, suddenly jumping up, looks at God with surprise, very modest and helpless, and her prayer gesture tells us about her boundless gratitude to the Creator and reverence for him. Her body personifies the sensuality and true Roman beauty of that time. The image of Eve is considered one of the most captivating female images in the entire work of the great Italian painter.

The Creator acts as a wise old man who looks with love and tenderness on his children. With a graceful movement he leads Eve out of Adam's rib. The image on the fresco is strongly shifted to the right so that God cannot completely straighten on it. Unlike other masters, Michelangelo does not portray God, grabbing the beautiful Eve by the elbow, he does not pull her using physical force, but on the contrary, does not even touch her. He acts only with a word and with a calm imperious gesture.

Adam, weary and tired, almost dead, sleeps on a cliff. His right hand lies lifelessly on a small, nondescript stump, and his left hand is completely sunken. The short trunk, which points to the right, symbolizes its direction to the first woman, the beautiful Eve.

In addition to the three figures on the fresco, there is nothing more alive, the rest of the landscape of the Garden of Eden looks dull. He waits for the first people to exert their strength and vitality received by the Creator.





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