I Paint Them
As God made Them
Michelangelo (1475-1564) is considered the greatest of humanity’s artistic genius! He is the only person in history who reached the highest degree of excellence, at the same time, in architecture, painting and sculpture. He was also a talented poet who wrote more than 300 poems.
As an exceptional architect he planned and directed the construction of the Medici’s Chapel in Florence and the St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome, today the largest church in Christendom. However, Michelangelo considered himself primarily a sculptor. As a sculptor, he is the greatest of all times. Among so many first class works of art, we would single out the statue of Moses (Pope Julius II Tomb), the statue of David (Academy of Florence) and the Pieta (Saint Peter’s Basilica, in Rome).
Michelangelo’s supreme paintings are 45 feet by 133 feet in the Sistine Chapel (Pope Sixtus IV On the ceiling Michelangelo painted nine majestic themes from the Old Testament: the creation of the world, creation of Adam and Eve, Noah’s Ark and the Prophets. For Michelangelo the human body was always the principal motif in his immortal works of painting and sculpture. For him the human figure was the most perfect work of God! When the old cardinals criticized him for painting all human figures naked on the Sistine Chapel, he angrily answered: “I paint them, as God made them!”
The painting, depicting God about to touch the naked Adam with His index finger is powerful and majestic. It represents God, with His divine touch, giving man the electricity of life. It is the center and zenith among the 33 paintings on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel.
“The Final Judgment,” another sublime painting by the same artist, covers the entire wall above the altar of the Sistine Chapel. Click on the picture for a larger view
“The Final Judgment,” another sublime painting by the same artist, covers the entire wall above the altar of the Sistine Chapel. It depicts two groups of people: one group ascending to heaven and the other descending to hell. In this same painting, a naked Portuguese is lifting to heaven two gentiles: one is an African Negro and the other an American Indian. This scene symbolizes the Christianization of the lands discovered and colonized by the Portuguese during the 15th and 16th centuries.
I am a great admirer of Michelangelo, the universal genius, and especially appreciative of his attitude towards the human body, when he declared it as the most perfect of the works of God. With Michelangelo’s frankness and his disregard for myths and taboos together with my many years of experience as a physician, I will present and analyze the human sexual organs. And at the same time describe how they function in their relation to the electricity of love.
You may be surprised to learn that the male and female genital organs originate from the same embryonic tissue, but only after the seventh month can we distinguish one sex from the other. The clitoris and the head of the penis develop from the same embryonic structure: the small lips of the vagina are analogous to the shaft of the penis and the large lips of the vagina analogous to the scrotum.
We are now ready to study the anatomies of both man and woman, and we will try to draw them “as God created them.” Detail of “The Final Judgment,” Michelangelo, Sistine Chapel.
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