The Creation of the Sun, Moon and Vegetation

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The Creation of the Sun, Moon and Vegetation
Michelangelo, Creation of the Sun, Moon, and Plants 01.jpg
Artist Michelangelo
Year 1511
Type Fresco
Dimensions 280 cm × 570 cm (110 in × 220 in)
Location Sistine Chapel, Vatican City

The Creation of the Sun, Moon and Vegetation, (sometimes The Creation of the Sun, Moon, and Plants[1] or The Creation of the Sun and the Moon) is one of the frescoes from Michelangelo's nine Book of Genesis scenes on the Sistine Chapel ceiling. It is the second scene in the chronological sequence on the ceiling, depicting the third and fourth day of the Creation narrative.

On the left side of the painting God is depicted from behind, extending his arm towards a bush, alluding to the plant world. On the right side another image of God points towards the Sun with his right hand and toward the faint Moon with his left. His face expresses the force needed for the creation of the abode of living beings. The abstract patterns of drapery emphasize the motion of both figures of God.

The Creation of the Sun, Moon and Planets is featured on the postage stamps of Vatican City (issue of 1994) and India (issue of 1975).

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Creation of the Sun, Moon, and Plants". Web Gallery of Art. Retrieved 13 Jan 2014.