By: Michelangelo Buonarotti (1475-1564)
Created: 1511-1512, Collection: Sistine Chapel, Vatican, Rome, Italy Rights: Photo by Sebastian Bergmann on Flickr, CC-BY-SA
This painting is so iconic, that the biggest challenges is to come up with something original.
The Creation of Adam is a fresco painting by Michelangelo, forming part of the Sistine Chapel ceiling, painted circa 1511–1512. It illustrates the Biblical creation narrative from the Book of Genesis in which God breathes life into Adam, the first man.
It is the most well-known of the Sistine Chapel fresco panels, and its fame as a piece of art is rivaled only by the Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci. The image of the near-touching hands of God and Adam has become iconic of humanity and has been reproduced in countless imitations and parodies.