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June 29th, 2010
12:33 PM ET

Scientists: Michelangelo hid brain image in chapel

Some of Michelangelo's best known works may bear hidden messages suggesting that the human brain is among God's greatest creations, scientists say.

The great Italian Renaissance artist dissected cadavers to familiarize himself with the human body, so he could better paint it. And, according to a new analysis, he included a representation of the brainstem in his representation of God on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, which he painted from 1508 to 1512.

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Filed under: Art • Catholic Church

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  1. Yeya

    well i think this is neat... 🙂

    July 23, 2010 at 11:39 am |
  2. dimitar zdravkov

    RELIGION & SCIENCE CONNECT!BIBLE CODE UNLOCKED!-According to the Bible the world has been created in six days,but according to the Science this process has taken billions of years.If we exclude the difference in time and we pay attention to the SEQUENCE,we will see that there is no contradiction between both,but only the question-why in the Bible things happened so fast?There is an answer and it`s in the Bible itself.Moses described the Creation from his own sight as an eyewitness.Where and when he saw It,how could he have seen something happen before his existence?Answer:For forty days he has been at the mount Sinai where he got information about the past,present and future.The Creation had been REcreated to him in six days there,he had seen how the already existing world had been made.The long process of evolution had been shown to him in the first six days and the SEVENTH day had been dedicated to human`s appearing.After that he had seen the difference between Adam`s origin and Eve`s one.Adam comes from the dirt in the process of evolution,but Eve comes from DNA material out his body,which marks another jump for the evolution or in other words-the"missing link" which Science is looking for.The Creation continue and The Next Jump Is Coming...2012 ?!

    July 12, 2010 at 4:39 am |
  3. leeyei

    They got it all wrong. God hid the shapes of a mandible, adam's apple, and trachea in the brainstem.

    July 2, 2010 at 8:15 am |
  4. thabrain

    ive been sayin it for years, michaelangelo loved brain. giving it, getting it, a real brainist if u ask me

    June 30, 2010 at 3:30 pm |
  5. Jason

    Oh please! What a stretch...wide coincidence or 'similarity' for sure. This is NOT a hidden brain.

    June 30, 2010 at 7:32 am |
    • billp

      Completely agree. This is ridiculous.

      July 2, 2010 at 10:16 am |
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