Thursday, February 5, 2015
Who's That Girl?
More surprises from a closer inspection to Michelangelo's frescoes in the Sistine Chapel. One of the Ignudi (naked men) who embellish the vault, right near the frame in which God starts to create the universe, is in fact an . . . Ignuda (naked woman). She has a small breast, but her skin is smoother and her brawn a bit less 'Michelangiolesque' than the Ignudi's, while her face is clearly a woman's. The same, though seemingly portrayed as a teenager, appears in the over-famous scene in which God creates Adam: she is even hugged by Him. Since, according to some studies, Michelangelo was familiar with the Jewish Rabbis' interpretation of the Bible, the hypothesis can be put forward that he included in the frescoes the "female side" of the Creator, the Shekhinah (a feminine noun meaning "Presence").