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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.

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