01 November 2009

All Saints Day

Today is All Saints Day, the day the Catholic Church commemorates all the saints, both known and unknown.

It was on this day in 1512, Michelangelo's frescoes on the vaulted ceiling of the Sistine Chapel in Rome were first shown to the public by Pope Julius II.

Between 1508 to 1511, Michelangelo painted a series of nine paintings from the Old Testament which run from the altar to the entrance in this order:

God separates light from darkness
Creation of the sun and the moon
God separates land from water
The Creation of Adam
Creation of woman
Original sin
The sacrifice of Noah
The flood
Drunkenness of Noah

The most famous of the images of the Sistine Chapel is The Creation of Adam.

Ask yourself this: Is God reaching for Adam or is he pulling away?

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