Michelangelo Hid Anatomical Illustrations Of The Brain In The Sistine Chapel

22brain-popupMichelangelo loved to do illustrations of dissected corpses, yet remnants of such works are scarce. What happened to them? Apparently they’re hidden, but have been staring people in the face for centuries — this is pretty crazy. The New York Times reports:

This is not the first picture of a human organ someone has found, or at least imagined, in Michelangelo’s Sistine frescoes. In 1990, in an article in the Journal of the American Medical Association, a physician described what he saw as a rendering of the human brain in the Creation of Adam, the panel showing God touching Adam’s finger. And one physician published an article in a medical journal in 2000 suggesting that Michelangelo had included a drawing of a kidney in another ceiling panel.

The latest find, described in a study in the May issue of the journal Neurosurgery, appears directly above the altar in “The Separation of Light From Darkness,” another panel from the series of nine depicting scenes from the Book of Genesis.

God, clothed in flowing red robes, is viewed from below and foreshortened, and seems to be rising into the sky. His arms are raised above his head, and he faces up and to his right, exposing his neck and the underside of a short beard. It is here that the study’s authors, the medical illustrator Ian Suk and Dr. Rafael J. Tamargo, a neurosurgeon, believe that Michelangelo concealed a drawing of the underside of the brain and the brain stem, with parts of the temporal lobe, the medulla, the pons and other structures clearly drawn.

7 Comments on "Michelangelo Hid Anatomical Illustrations Of The Brain In The Sistine Chapel"

  1. gee, if it were only the pineal gland then everything would make sense

  2. I proposed this to my college professor in the late 80's, he did not agree with me and had never heard this before. It was obvious to me at age 20 that the painting on the Sistine Chapel was of a dissected brain .

  3. Wow. its looks funny but senseful. This will be a big help if it only existed.


  4. This was on the show QI a while back

  5. Wow. This is remarkably stupid. They found anatomical underpinings to paintings of humans? Well… duh.

  6. EmailForPetitionsCuzIHateSpam | Jun 26, 2010 at 7:09 am |

    Wow, drawing over the Sistine Chapel with a Sharpie. It’s SCIENCE!

  7. EmailForPetitionsCuzIHateSpam | Jun 26, 2010 at 2:09 am |

    Wow, drawing over the Sistine Chapel with a Sharpie. It's SCIENCE!

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