Creation of Adam

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Assignment 2.1
Analyzing the Creation of Adam by Michelangelo
ART 101- Art Appreciation
Robert Peterson
Jones International University
December 11, 2013

In this essay I will analyze the creation of Adam painted by Michelangelo for the Sistine chapel ceiling. I will use the elements of art and the principles of design to make my assessment.

Elements of Art: Lines The lines in this composition are very detail, especially around the main characters. The character of the line is implied and is very active. The line of site of the characters point left to right and right to left or we follow from Adam to God and the heavenly host and from God and the heavenly host back to Adam. The Landscaping pulls the eye downward but it supports the fact that Adam is in a high place in his encounter with God.

Elements of Art: Color and Light For the most part this composition’s palette is cool. The coloring is bright and soft except for the warm glow of the heavenly host and the red covering which seems to serve as a “portal” of some sort. The lighting enters from the rear of the composition except for the glow on the heavenly host whose lighting appears to emanate from God.

Elements of Art: Space The space in this composition is three dimensional and close in nature. Though Adam may not be under the covering with God the space is positive.

Principles of Design: Balance, Proportion and Unity The balance of this composition is heavier in the front which causes the eye to focus on the main characters. I would say that the right of the composition is the heavier because of the vast color exchanges and the number of characters. The color (especially the red covering) is a strong attraction. The warmth of the covering draws the eye. This composition was painted on the ceiling of the…...

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