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Experts find hidden Michelangelo code

By T.K. Randall
June 5, 2010 · Comment icon 11 comments

Image Credit: Jacopino del Conte
One of the panels in the Sistine Chapel may hold a hidden illustration of the human brain by Michelangelo.
Michelangelo was an avid anatomy student but later destroyed all his notes and drawings on the topic. The new find however which appears to show a human brain hidden in one of the Sistine Chapel's panels could challenge that notion.
Michelangelo is recognised as one of the greatest painters and sculptors from the Italian Renaissance. What is not so widely known is that he was an avid student of anatomy who once persuaded a Florentine prior to let him study the corpses in his church hospital. But he went on to destroy almost of all of his anatomical sketches and notes.


Source: Daily Mail | Comments (11)




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Comment icon #2 Posted by Raptor 14 years ago
For anyone interested, here's a very cool interactive panorama taken from inside the Sistine Chapel: Click
Comment icon #3 Posted by pixiii 14 years ago
There seems to be so much more to this guy than what we know. He never ceases to amaze me
Comment icon #4 Posted by Father Of Evolution 14 years ago
In his time the law is the church that is why he kept his secrets hidden in his paintings. He's amazing.
Comment icon #5 Posted by danydandan 14 years ago
For anyone interested, here's a very cool interactive panorama taken from inside the Sistine Chapel: Click thats cool
Comment icon #6 Posted by Sarka 14 years ago
A truly fascinating man. I wonder if this is what he really intended, or if this is simply a case of what the article mentions as being the 'Rorshach test'. Here is a picture of Michelangelo's Creation of Adam, also located on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. This was mentioned in the article as being another oddity within the famous ceiling due to a peculiar shape: As the article says, physician Frank Meshberger was the first to point out that the pink material behind God is in a similar shape to the human brain. It's all very fun and interesting
Comment icon #7 Posted by supervike 14 years ago
AAs the article says, physician Frank Meshberger was the first to point out that the pink material behind God is in a similar shape to the human brain. It's all very fun and interesting Because maybe Michangelo thought that god was only in our heads? It is very fascinating stuff!
Comment icon #8 Posted by Lilly 14 years ago
Another idea, perhaps Michelangelo simply viewed God as being the 'brains' of the universe?
Comment icon #9 Posted by Watchers 14 years ago
Seems like a bit of a stretch to me. Yeah I see the resemblance, but something tells me it's just a coincidence. I'm sure you could pull up a ton of paintings and find that some random part of them has some anatomical accuracy to some part of the human body...
Comment icon #10 Posted by nognome 14 years ago
hahaha i always thought it was the sixteen chapel... it looks more like a heart in my opinion
Comment icon #11 Posted by lightly 14 years ago
If you guys are interested in this, you'll also be interested in what i've found in Leonardo Da Vinci's art. http://www.itsjustlife.com Amazing!


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