Secret symbols of the Sistine Chapel unraveled
Secret symbols of the Sistine Chapel unraveled

The painting of the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel by Michelangelo is rightfully recognized as the pinnacle of the Renaissance art. And this is not surprising, since the great artist worked on it for four whole years. More than 300 figures are depicted on 1000 square meters. Although the choice of biblical subjects was left to the artist, he still had to adhere to certain canons established by the church. Nevertheless, many symbols are encrypted on these frescoes, which scientists unravel to this day.


The Sistine Chapel

A year ago, a well-known publication published an interesting study related to solving the "mystery" of the Renaissance masterpiece. Our site will tell you some interesting facts revealed by scientists.

Eve creation scene


The heads of the rams symbolize the feminine principle

In this part of the chapel, many hidden symbols of the feminine principle were discovered. As you know, in Catholicism, the main role has always been assigned to the man. However, Michelangelo had his own view on this matter. In his fresco, he secretly exalted a woman, which was contrary to all the principles of Catholicism. In the scene of the creation of Eve, 8 ram skulls are depicted, which in ancient Greek culture personified the feminine principle, since they visually resembled the uterus and fallopian tubes.


Eve's hands resemble the symbol of the feminine principle in Greco-Roman art - an inverted triangle

Eve is also depicted in a pose resembling an inverted triangle, which is also a symbol of the feminine principle.

Image of the human brain


The scene of the creation of Adam

Many believe that "The Creation of Adam" is the most striking scene of the chapel. And, of course, she could not do without interesting discoveries. The fact is that the outlines of the human brain are clearly visible in the image of angels and God. Michelangelo portrayed him with incredible accuracy. This is not surprising, since he studied anatomy for 15 years.


The outlines of the human brain can be seen in the image of God.

Scientists explain that in a similar way the artist emphasized that God gave man not only a body, but also a mind.

Image of the forbidden tree


The scene of the fall and expulsion from Paradise of Adam and Eve

Few know that in the famous scene of the Fall, Michelangelo depicted not an apple tree, as is customary in Christianity, but a fig tree, which is more consistent with Judaism. Researchers explain this by the fact that the Bible does not speak about the apple tree at all, but about the "tree of knowledge." And some even believe that in this way the artist tried to root the Catholic Church, that she went too far in interpreting the Bible.

Acorns - a reference to Pope Julius II

The numerous acorns depicted on the chapel are a sign of the artist's gratitude to Pope Julius II for allowing him to deviate from the usual depiction of biblical subjects. The pope's surname was Rivere, which can be translated from Latin as "oak". Hence the acorns in the fresco.


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