Michelangelo was trying to leave us a secret message?

Michelangelo was trying to leave us a secret message?
This post goes to the big painter, poet, sculptor and architect Michelangelo, for me he was a genius with the paintbrush. I really admire his beautiful paints but one of my favorite ones have been the paint that is located in the Sistine Chapel in Rome, yeah, it is The creation, This paint was created in 1511. It was inspired in the first chapter from the Bible on this point you can see God and Adan trying to touch their fingers each other. This paint has something interesting that nobody sees it, and it is that in this paint Adam has undescended testicles, That means that he was an infertile man. And my question is, why does Michelangelo paint Adam with a nonfertile male organ if Adam was the first man in the world?. What do you think about this paint and what was Michelangelo trying to tell us?

Comments

Vastor122
It's called the creation of Adam if I'm not wrong, An article Bruce Sutherland has written was published in winter 2013 issue of “Source: Notes in the History of Art” stating that Michelangelo’s source of inspiration for the figure of Adam was an ancient Roman cameo showing a nude Augustus Caesar riding sidesaddle on a Capricorn. The cameo is in Alnwick Castle, Northumberland. Usually the cameo can be seen by typing “Augustus, cameo, Capricorn” on Google Image. That means Adam's image was totally inspired by another image.
Posted by Vastor122 on 08-30-2017
JoeMilford
Thanks for this information--that is fascinating. I know that Michelangelo put in a lot of "secret" messages on the Sistine Chapel, such as when he painted in the images of people he knew into Biblical situations. I did not know this about the image of Adam. So Adam was based upon Caesar? That is very interesting.
Posted by JoeMilford on 08-31-2017
Vastor122
Yes, thanks to google for that information. But you can't deny, people's fascination over this art work isn't fading nor even lessen as the time goes by.
Posted by Vastor122 on 09-01-2017
Anonymous
Beautiful painting indeed, a masterpiece for all generations. I personally think that there was no symbolism nor metaphor to Adam having "undescended testicles" in this painting. But just to go along with your symbolic train of thought, maybe it has something to do with Adam not having Eve yet at this point. It was only in Genesis chapter 4 when Adam knew his wife in the reproductive sense. It's just me though, with no philosophical or historical thesis to back me up.
Posted by Anonymous on 08-31-2017
Corzhens
I don't think that there is a hidden meaning in the painting. Finding a meaning is like a superstition. Michaelangelo is a painter so he paints using his imagination and inspiration. It is silly to think that a painter has a secret message. It is like the painting during the second world war where some people say that it has a message for d-day. But the painter said on the contrary. Well, some people have the propensity to make simple things become mysterious.
Posted by Corzhens on 08-31-2017
Marvadaum
Yeah well just because he liked leaving hidden messages it doesn't mean that every painting has one. I just think that in the paintings the ideal was always shown and maybe back then having smaller genitals a beautiful pattern. I wouldn't look too much into it.
Posted by Marvadaum on 08-31-2017
JaiGuru
It's more probable that his testicles are just hidden behind his leg. Looking for hidden meanings in paintings usually leads you down a rabbit hole of confirmation bias. No doubt, some artists put hidden messages in their paintings. The trick with this is that the messages probably don't have much informational worth beyond academic trivia. Having a secret is not the same thing as having a valuable secret. I know the allure of wanting to think you're the benefactor of some long lost ancient knowledge, but that's just not realistic.
Posted by JaiGuru on 08-31-2017
Xilkozuf
Since The Da Vinci Code everybody try to find hidden messages in paintings, without any reason or with weird explanations... In my opinion, they are wrong. Sure, there are messages in the paintings, but nothing related to conspirancies or strange theories.... They are just beautiful paintings, great work of arts each with their own style. They are centuries year old, and if there really was some kind of hidden message like this, it would have been revelead from entire years. This is not National Treasure or movies like that.
Posted by Xilkozuf on 08-31-2017
JoeMilford
I think that you are right here. I do think that the Da Vinci code phenomena, the books and the movies, really did encourage thousands, if not millions, of people to start looking more for hidden meanings in paintings and art in general. I suppose if you are really trying hard to find hidden meanings in art, then you will due to the subjective nature of art in general. Still, is there any historical evidence to back up these findings? Also, has the artist him or herself provided any notes, journals, or commentary to suggest that he or she indulges in hidden meanings in the work? I agree that you should look for horses not zebras, as they say, when observing art or anything else. Refer to Occam's Razor, for example.
Posted by JoeMilford on 08-31-2017
idealmikey
Why are you focused on a mans testicles rather than the actual work of art it is itself? :P What I find amusing and almost fickle in degree, is that in these depictions of God, He's always an old man with grey hair and or a grey beard. But grey hairs are a by product of getting old. Like God suffers from that! That's what always amazes me. God doesn't suffer from old age. He doesn't have grey hairs. Also, God doesn't have gender either so isn't male or female. Sure, Michelangelo was a great painter of his time. But he was desperately wrong in his depiction of God just like many others before and after him have been.
Posted by idealmikey on 08-31-2017
Joteque
I think that Michelangelo delivered his renaissance portfolio and his understanding and interpretation of the creation of mankind all skillfully encoded within this masterpiece as he has done with all of his great works of Art. He didn't just leave us a secret message, he appealed to our sense of timelessness so that we could be reminded constantly that our human endeavor exists beyond earth and the universe that we are very much apart of. Even greater we were created by our divine host who embodies our being in body, mind and soul, captivating our thought, word and indeed living existence. It is the message in the wind which took shape from a mastermind's perspective, captivating timeless supernova at the very epitome of life beyond the stars into the realms of godliness and infinity. This is man before his earthly purpose being touched by the giver of life and the creator of heaven. The simplicity of such ultimate power of the creation of our world being depicted by a single touch at the hands of God defines every other perspective of our lives seemingly complimentary to this great moment in time when the creation of our very existence takes the center stage to our presence in this life and in the life hereafter that will duly come to past forevermore.
Posted by Joteque on 08-31-2017
JoeMilford
Well said here, and I tend to agree with you also. He was a very religious man, and he is obviously trying to capture the moment of man's inception with he most beautiful image that his creativity could muster. Regardless of your personal religious or spiritual beliefs, or whether or not the testicles are exposed (who cares). this painting is magnificent. I read somewhere years ago that while he was doing the Sistine Chapel, he was very ill and a huge goiter plaguing him. They would hoist him up on planks, and he did paint most of those ceilings in any kind of physical comfort. I know that is a bit off topic, but I think it demonstrates his commitment to the art itself.
Posted by JoeMilford on 08-31-2017
Mehano
You can probably find some hidden messages in everything. But did the artist intend for us to interpret it in this way? Who knows. Perhaps Michelangelo did want to tell us something specific but perhaps he did not. I think that it is easier for people to believe that he wanted to portray some special message but I highly doubt.

He was simply painting and I think that you are reading too deep into it. It is a magnificent creation that everybody knows and that is it.

But that is why art is amazing - we all see things differently.
Posted by Mehano on 08-31-2017
Vatroslav
This reminds me of that Freud's quote "Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar". Not everything has to have a secret meaning, and even if it does it is usually related to something personal for the artist. For example, painting his opponents as fools and devils. There are no maps for the Holy Grail or National Treasure.
Posted by Vatroslav on 08-31-2017
kgord
This is the first time I ever heard of something like this, so I am not sure how prevalent this theory is. My first guess is that there is no subliminal message. Most things can be taken at face value, and I am sure the work was so all consuming, that he had more to worry about than adding subliminal messages into the painting. Some people think there is hidden meaning in everything.
Posted by kgord on 08-31-2017
overcast
I don't think there does seem to be any message. In fact due to conspiracy theories. It'd be reasonable to say that there was anything worth going forward for. Most of the people these days don't accept that part though. They just want to find something cryptic into things. And then on that basis they think they are seeing some sort of truth. So that's something people need to understand too.
Posted by overcast on 08-31-2017
tophew
i think the message for this painting is how can a man on this earth reach the God who create us all, and it leaves a sign that God have a connection to us that he love us very much. this painting is heart whelming if you just study it well.
Posted by tophew on 08-31-2017
cmoneyspinner
LOL. You got sharp eyes. I never noticed that about Adam's genitals. But I can speculate on the obvious reason. He was hired by the Catholic church and the church leaders probably thought a healthy naked male might be viewed as “pornographic” or “sinful” in some way. However, they couldn't rewrite the story of creation in the book of Genesis. After all … WHO is really in charge? Them of Him?

What could else Michaelangelo do? He lied on his back to paint those pictures and I think he really did want to get want to get paid for the job! He was an artist but also a practical man. He wasn't going to allow his artistic freedom and liberty to interfere with his paycheck! Secret message? I don't think so. That's my take. :)
Posted by cmoneyspinner on 08-31-2017
kingcool52
It's the only painting that I know of that has been painted by Michaelangelo, to be honest. I don't really have much of an interest in art. I think you may be reading too much into the painting, to be honest with you. I know that a lot of people enjoy theories but there are always easy answers for most of them. And the simple answer for this is, that it might just be something that Michelangelo just overlooked or didn't do properly.
Posted by kingcool52 on 08-31-2017
jaysolano12
It was in 1511's people those days have a mere concept art. Some people make it, as a cryptic message. I don't think, it's all about the hidden words, but rather their concept of God. We only just over think about the paintings, and don't realized the concept, they tried to sway/

I honestly, don't give another meaning about it. Because, it's just another theory of people, who have a vast imaginations, and concepts. The case of that painting was also controversial that, people forgot that, in the first place, the only purpose of the painting was the concept of man and God.
Posted by jaysolano12 on 08-31-2017
Authord
Well, it was about the human brain, no atom of secret is on the painting as you think. As said by fresco “The Creation of Adam“, just behind the figure of God, you can spot an anatomically accurate image of the human brain ! Remember the world- famous image where God and Adam reach for each joining fingers? Well, Meshberger succeeded in linking each detail of the painting to an anatomical part of the brain. But how could Michelangelo know so much about the structure of the human brain? That’s probably because Michelangelo had been dissecting bodies since he was 18, mainly in the Monastery of Santo Spirito in Florence where the corpses often were taken from nearby hospitals.
Posted by Authord on 08-31-2017
anna
It's possible there's some hidden meaning but if so it's lost to history and speculating on it will never give a definitive answer.
Posted by anna on 08-31-2017
Denis_P
I'm sure that there are many works of art out there which have secret meanings hidden within them, but in this scenario I'm not entirely sure. Perhaps it may seem as if he was painted as an infertile man, however that might just be your perspective due to the size of his genitals. If I recall correctly, painters and sculptors of those times would create male figures with disproportionally small genitals so as to not offend the people of higher social statuses who commissioned those works. It may just be that and not a hidden message at all.
Posted by Denis_P on 09-01-2017
wiseagent
To think that there is some sort of "secret message" in the painting is a bit of an exaggeration.

Art is a form of abstract expression and certainly allows the transmission of a lot messages in their works, but I don't believe there is anything that can be considered as a "secret message", however... There are several interpretations for one of them (and I think this is the strong point of art: challenge the people's minds).
Posted by wiseagent on 09-01-2017
zheh
I don't think so. There's always issue about secret message in different things, i always hear this line. Either by paintings, music, etc. people always find something to think of. Art is freedom of expression, you can do whatever you like. You can be as creative and as imaginative as you like. And giving meaning or finding meaning to every details of art is really a never ending question. It's not that bad ofcourse cause we also have different opinion in what we see. Maybe Some are really keen on checking and thinking of everything. So it's their choice. But for me i'm not really into decoding secret messages. :)
Posted by zheh on 09-01-2017
felabruno
I believe many paintings have some stories or messages hidden in them but the problem with that is that we will never know what the author had on mind if they're dead now. I admire Michelangelo's works and he was a fantastic artist. The message you wrote about might be about a man being small in the presence of God or there might be some other explanation... It's really hard to say.
Posted by felabruno on 09-05-2017
vinaya
I have never seen any of Michelangelo's artworks for real, and I have only seen the replicas or reprints. I don't think Michelangelo was trying to leave any secret message in his art works. Since people love to brood on mysterious things, they beging to create stories. Yes, the art works have stories to tell, they might even trying to give a message, however, I don't think there is any thing secrets.
Posted by vinaya on 09-06-2017
babyright
It was only the imagination of the artist called Michelangelo. Adam was very fertile since his wife named Eve was able to give birth to two sons named cain and abel.
Posted by babyright on 09-23-2017
mar06
Michelangelo is one the famous and most controversy artist existed in this world. He have a lot of masterpiece that really catch the attention of a certain individual and people appreciated it. Maybe he have secret message that he want to send to us but I think that those people only who have great mental IQ can find it.
Posted by mar06 on 01-22-2018
Wubwub
I do think he was trying to leave a message because back in those days if you were outed as an atheist the consequences would be dire and as an artist you really do feel terrible when you aren't able to express your true beliefs. I believe there are a million other ways he could have portrayed this picture but he chose this one for a reason and it seems to me like the theories do sound sensible because the shape is like a brain and to me the translation looks fairly straightforward wherein he is saying that the God that the church speaks of is a made up one and the real one is really in our minds and our consciousness.
Posted by Wubwub on 03-13-2018