Creation of Adam

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The Creation of Adam is a fresco painting by Italian artist Michelangelo, which forms part of the Sistine Chapel’s ceiling.

It illustrates the Biblical creation narrative from the Book of Genesis in which God gives life to Adam. The fresco is part of a complex iconographic scheme and is chronologically the fourth in the series of panels depicting episodes from Genesis.

The image of the near-touching hands of God and Adam has become iconic of humanity.  Michelangelo’s Creation of Adam is one of the most replicated religious paintings of all time.

During the same period, Michelangelo painted the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. Which took approximately four years to complete (1508–1512).