October 1, 2013 @ 11:33 am by Jacqui Lewis
Michelangelo's painting, "The Creation of Adam," has always taken my breath away. Adam is depicted reclining in the garden; a beautiful face and strong masculine body, his left arm resting on his left leg as though it is too heavy to bear. His hand as graceful as any dancers, almost, but not quite touching the hand of God. God is in heaven, with angels all around him, one tucked underneath his left arm, while his right extends beyond heaven toward the human. God's bearded face, softly draped white garment and kind, intense gaze grace a body that seems in the same proportion as that of the man. One might ask, "Who is in the image of whom?" They always looked like partners to me, God and the human one. A few years ago, when I saw this image on the almost fully restored ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, my heart leapt out of my body. I sense in the painting the yearning of God to be close to the creation, to be near to us, to partner with us.
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