“some historians think that michelangelo was drawing god in a human brain. very few people knew what one looked like at the time; but michelangelo had dissected cadavers and would have known. it even has the hint of a brain stem. if true this would have been a great “fuck you” to the pope whom he was not friendly with but also would have meant god was in a human brain, or created by man.”
also michelangelo painted a baby angel flipping off the pope
the blond one, you see his right hand? that’s called the fig and it’s an old world european gesture for ‘fuck you” because apparently Pope Juluis II was a total raging asshole and everyone hated him
but nobody ever noticed this little fucker because the ceiling was so high
and then thirty years later they called michelangelo back to paint the wall behind the altar and he wasted no time in painting the gates of hell behind the pope’s chair
what a badass
It amuses me to this day how much Michelangelo hated his job
It actually wasn’t his job. He was a sculptor and had no interest in painting but the Pope required all known artists to submit an application to the church so that the church could decide who would paint the chapel. Michaelangelo, having no interest in painting anything, sarcastically drew a circle, but legend has it that he drew a perfect circle, and the pope selected Michaelangelo because of that. Michaelangelo was forced to do a job he despised, being a known critic of the church, but if he said no, the church would have either imprisoned him or killed him, so he was forced to do it, but used his knowledge and ability to further criticize the church with the various subtleties that are hidden in the ceiling.