Thursday, June 24, 2010

In a Michelangelo Fresco, Visions of the Brain // Professors Believe Anatomical Drawing Hidden in Sistine Chapel

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By Nicholas Bakalar

"It has been hiding in plain sight for the past 500 years, and now two Johns Hopkins professors believe they have found it: one of Michelangelo’s rare anatomical drawings in a panel high on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel.

Michelangelo was a conscientious student of human anatomy and enthusiastically dissected corpses throughout his life, but few of his anatomical drawings survive. This one, a depiction of the human brain and brain stem, appears to be drawn on the neck of God, but not all art historians can see it there."

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