Old master in coded dig at church
Published 17/06/2010 | 05:00
MICHELANGELO concealed anatomical sketches in the robes and faces of the figures he painted on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel in a coded attack on the church's disdain for science, according to researchers.
The cleverly disguised drawing of a human brain, which has remained unnoticed for 500 years, may have been painted in reference to the clash between science and religion.
The Renaissance master, who painted the frescoes in the Sistine Chapel between 1508 and 1512, would have been familiar with the appearance of a brain as he was an accomplished anatomist.
The image of the brain is said to be concealed in God's neck and chin in 'Separation of Light From Darkness', which depicts the first act performed by God in the creation of the universe. (© Daily Telegraph, London)