June 28th, 2010
12:52 PM ET

Michelangelo hid brain image in chapel, scientists say

Some of Michelangelo's best known works may bear hidden messages suggesting that the human brain is among God's greatest creations,    scientists say.

The great Italian Renaissance artist dissected cadavers to familiarize himself with the human body, so he could better paint it. And, according to a new analysis, he included a representation of the brainstem in his representation of God on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, which he painted from 1508 to 1512.

Neurosurgeons Dr. Rafael Tamargo and Ian Suk of Johns Hopkins University looked closely at Michelangelo's painting "Separation of Light From Darkness," which depicts the beginning of the universe. They found that the neck of God in this painting appears to contain the human brainstem.

"He recognized that the brain was an important structure, and I think he included it in the creation of the universe because he recognized that this is one of the most magnificent things that God had created," Tamargo said.

The brainstem is the most primitive part of the brain, through which all signals traveling to and from the brain must pass, Tamargo said.

In the image above, on the left, you can see a comparison between the neck of God in the painting and a real brain stem. On the right, notice the different angles of light on the figure, which was uncommon for Michelangelo.

It was not uncommon in the Renaissance for artists to do dissections for the purpose of creating more accurate works, he said. Leonardo da Vinci, 23 years older than Michelangelo, documented his brain dissections and did experiments on the brainstem.

The neck of the figure of God in Michelangelo's painting, zoomed in above in image G, is abnormal anatomically. This is curious because the artist's other works show a fine understanding of what the neck looks like, as shown in images A-D above (E is by Leonardo,  F is by Raphael). This suggests that Michelangelo wasn't "just having a bad day," Tamargo said.

Tamargo and colleagues are not the first to propose that Michelangelo hid brain anatomy in his paintings. An article in the Journal of the American Medical Association in 1990 by Dr. Frank Lynn Meshberger suggested that the Renaissance master's "Creation of Adam," another fresco from the Sistine Chapel, depicts the human brain.

Michelangelo probably didn't know the functions of the various components of the brain, but he understood it was an important structure, Tamargo said.

"Separation of Light From Darkness," located above the altar of the Sistine Chapel, is too high for people of Michelangelo's time to have been able to see details such as the brainstem, and telescopes did not yet exist. But the artist probably knew that someday, someone would notice, Tamargo said.

"I think he put a message there for the future, to let people know that he knew anatomy, and probably to enhance the meaning of that fresco," Tamargo said.

Check out the full study online here.

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  1. Amie

    Centuries ago the lovely Roman Catholic church murdered, as heretics, those determined men and women who desired to know the inner workings of the human body. They would scavenge cadavers of criminals from the roadside, in the dead of night, and take them back to dissect them under secrecy. The oldest medical school in Padua was subject to many restrictions by the church and fortunately for us they persevered. M.Angelo fully understood the motion of the man...and perhaps thinking the god is just really a creation of man's desire to know painted the brain stem as a subtle way of expressing just that. Lest he be murdered as a heretic.

    June 28, 2010 at 14:08 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Lee

      Amie, can you give me some historical references to your accusations, please? I'd really like to see some hard facts or did you just see them in a movie and assume it was the truth. Yes, the Church did prohibit dissection of the human body because it considered it destroying the human body which God created. I haven't really heard of too many tortures and deaths because of it. Are you sure you just aren't engaging in some over exaggerated mud slinging just to suit your point? Like the people who say the Church killed 65 million people during the Inquistion when there weren't even that many people in Europe to kill. Most historians now days relegate such so called facts as Protestant proganda that came out of the reformation. Actually historians now days think that people were given a more fair trial in Church courts than in civil courts of the day. Keep an open mind please and get all the facts

      June 28, 2010 at 16:55 | Report abuse |
    • Lee

      Ronald Numbers states that misconceptions such as "the Church prohibited autopsies and dissections during the Middle Ages", "the rise of Christianity killed off ancient science", and "the medieval Christian church suppressed the growth of natural philosophy" are examples of widely popular myths that still pass as historical truth, although they are not supported by current historical research

      June 28, 2010 at 17:48 | Report abuse |
    • albus

      More than that, they suppressed scientific discovery and knowledge and prevented it from being spread so as to help mankind. Look the history of maps and the church's impact. My estimates are that we are about 100 years behind where we would be thorugh advancements but for the bad influences of the church.

      June 28, 2010 at 17:59 | Report abuse |
  2. Todd

    Has anyone ever noticed that Adam has a belly button? He shouldn't need one!

    June 28, 2010 at 14:10 | Report abuse | Reply
    • larry wi

      Belly button on Adam, hummmm, I thought that as the story gors he was creatde by God, smae goes for Eve. Who by the way was crated from one of Adams rib, to bad for us guy's that the rib taken and used was the one that was supposed to hold our stomach in!!

      June 28, 2010 at 15:01 | Report abuse |
  3. Ivan Goldberg

    God created man in his own image, I thought everyone knew this?

    June 28, 2010 at 14:12 | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Larry I

    God Bless people passionate about their jobs, seeing brains depicted everywhere must be a product of such passion. A deeper and more comprehensive knowledge of art history could spare them unnecessary embarrassment though.
    Thankfully this time around is the opinion of a neurosurgeon, what if a proctologist...

    June 28, 2010 at 14:15 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Bioartchick

      Actually, Ian Suk is a medical illustrator. Try clicking the link at the bottom of the article...

      I know him personally, and I think the amount of both medical/scientific and artistic knowledge this man has would stun you.

      June 28, 2010 at 19:28 | Report abuse |
  5. Drew

    Like many artists of the time, Michelangelo may have been frustrated with the fact that the only paying gigs available were religious ones. So he decided to paint a pink robed muscley god as a mockery, the best part being that people accepted his painting without second thought.

    Also, anyone who is good at figure drawing gets the bone structure down to make sure everything on top will look right. Drawing the head from that angle is really difficult, so there ought to be an under drawing of that nature beneath the paint.

    June 28, 2010 at 14:16 | Report abuse | Reply
  6. vabels

    Well. Suppose it's true. In that case, for me, Michelangelo wanted to say something unaccepatble at that time: GOD IS IN OUR HEAD. Pretty materialistic / scientific!

    June 28, 2010 at 14:17 | Report abuse | Reply
  7. Brad

    That Michaelangelo would consider the brain God's greatest creation is fascinating. Reminds me of a short poem by Emily Dickinson: " The brain is bigger than the sky. And side by side the one contains the other, and you besides."
    I stopped feeling "insignificant" compared to the cosmos when I realized that even a two-year-old tottler can out think any galaxie out there.

    June 28, 2010 at 14:19 | Report abuse | Reply
  8. paranel

    No. Absolutely not. Find something better to do with your time , whoever came up with this theory.

    June 28, 2010 at 14:20 | Report abuse | Reply
  9. T

    This sounds like a question for Robert Langdon!

    June 28, 2010 at 14:20 | Report abuse | Reply
  10. Brad

    When someone says he sees an image of Christ in a fire, we laugh at him.

    June 28, 2010 at 14:21 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Bobolink

      Yes, especially when being burned to death as a heretic. It is a hard fact that the last person so burned to death was in 1846!!

      June 28, 2010 at 14:49 | Report abuse |
    • Bioartchick

      The differences between a flame, a water stain on a wall, a cloud, the toasting pattern on a grilled cheese and Michaelangelo's paintings on the Sistine Chapel have everything to do with design, meaning, and intention to communicate. False analogy. These paintings are the result of a highly refined thought process as opposed to an unintentional natural phenomenon that we seem to find patterns in as a result of the way our minds work as humans.

      June 28, 2010 at 19:36 | Report abuse |
  11. Really?

    blandford55 – read a book.(Hint: Not the bible.)

    June 28, 2010 at 14:23 | Report abuse | Reply
  12. Scott

    Yup. Must be true then because Mikey painted it. God does exist. Let's keep taking celebrity advice.

    June 28, 2010 at 14:24 | Report abuse | Reply
  13. TC

    I see a turtle

    June 28, 2010 at 14:26 | Report abuse | Reply
  14. ImNoExpert

    This isn't important. I have better things to worry about, like guns being legal in Chicago, its wonderful!

    PS: CNN mods, please note that lately the advertisment boxes have been 'glitching' so that they block the comments box. I've read other people complaining about this too. Can you guys look into this?

    June 28, 2010 at 14:27 | Report abuse | Reply
  15. Alex

    I t sounds to me like the two guys that made this "discovery" are just loud mouths that want attention. Maybe they are up for tenure. LOL It could be that the brain on gods neck is just a bunch of wrinkles around his neck, since Michelangelo depects god as an old man in this painting.

    June 28, 2010 at 14:28 | Report abuse | Reply
  16. Anjil

    this may be or could be or must be......how about its a good painting, he was a great artist. There are more important things in this world than sitting around examining a painting thinking up theories.

    June 28, 2010 at 14:31 | Report abuse | Reply
  17. Valerie

    This reminds me of that South Park episode that spoofed "The DaVinci Code".....Peter......Peter Rabbit! LOL!

    June 28, 2010 at 14:32 | Report abuse | Reply
  18. Stephen

    Can someone please give me an answer to my question which is....How is God NOT real? I'm just asking....and i'm not trying to get anyone to believe what I believe

    June 28, 2010 at 14:34 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Outlier

      Which God are we talking about? There's a few to choose from, or do you have a particular one in mind....

      June 28, 2010 at 14:39 | Report abuse |
    • Brad

      Steve, the problem is that God is closer to us that we are to ourselves. We can't get to God until we get past ourselves.

      June 28, 2010 at 14:46 | Report abuse |
    • InAllSeriousness

      Because there is not one shred of evidence supporting the existence of a supreme being, god, God, Allah, Yaweh or any other form of immortal power. And before you respond, the bible is not proof of the existence of any god.

      Nor is it acceptable to say something as inherently ridiculous as "look around you, there's proof of God's existence everywhere." That is the same as saying, "look around you, there's proof of batman's existence everywhere."

      June 28, 2010 at 15:09 | Report abuse |
    • Corrolla

      You've got it backward. One does not need to prove non-existence. If anyone *could* prove the existence of such a being, we'd all happily get down on our knees and worship them.

      History however, teaches us that the Jesus story is an amalgam of 20 – 30 previous myths that are nearly exact replicas in story line, but pre-date the Jesus story by 1,000 years in some cases. (Walked on water, light of the world, 12 disciples etc.) -> Every single thing that Jesus is supposed to have said and done; the Buddha said and did 1,000 years earlier- It's all documented. Same myth; different day. (See legends/myths of: Krishna, Horus, Dionysus etc.) The Jesus story is a simple allegory for the solar year.

      Further, the bible is convoluted piece of poorly written fiction, with some 5,000 direct contradictions. Not a single 'book' in the bible was actually written by the person's name that titles it. In fact, most of the books were written hundreds of years after their purported authors lived. Science has also proven that the earth has been here for a lot longer than 6,000 years. Relying on bronze-age mystics for our history clearly leaves much to be desired.

      Or as Sam Harris said: “Belief in god requires nothing less than a monumental ignorance of history.”

      Please understand, I am not trying to offend or anything else. I lived and labored under these delusions for almost 20 years. It was very difficult to accept that I’d wasted so much time, energy and the rest in something that was (obviously to me) false. It is hard to admit we’ve been fooled.

      Continuing to ignore the facts is the only thing worse. Best of luck!

      June 28, 2010 at 15:44 | Report abuse |
    • god

      Corolla !!! Your words are poison !!! I AM REAL. Worship me and you will be saved. I sent my son to help humanity learn their role but you guys did him over, real good. And even after i got 12 other dudes to write books about my son, that still didn't work great. And now you dont think I am real !?!?! I WILL SOON GET SICK OF YOU and simply condemn this planet. Watch it bro, worship me NOW !!

      June 28, 2010 at 16:38 | Report abuse |
    • Santa Claus

      What up God? One of your 12 member posse here. E bunny and Larry the Leprechaun are on their way. Crazy that this Corolla guy doesn't believe. I realise that we have absolutely no evidence to defend our existence but we do have 'wisdom' that no one should question. All this corolla guy has is well thought out logic. Who'd believe that? Must dash, got to pick up the elves.

      June 28, 2010 at 17:24 | Report abuse |
    • Bob Bales

      Corrolla: You seem to believe that Jesus never existed. But if He didn't, how could Josephus refer to Him? And if the disciples didn't exist, how did Christianity start? Christianity gained it's early converts when those who (supposedly, according to you) had been with Jesus reminded their listners of things that they already knew. This wouldn't have occurred if those things hadn't happened. And if Buddah did everything Jesus did, how come Buddists don't say that Buddah died for their sins?

      Sam Harris has it backwards: those who would deny that Jesus even existed are ignoring history and making up the things that they want to believe.

      June 29, 2010 at 16:24 | Report abuse |
  19. murfizoid

    Sweet Berry Wine!

    June 28, 2010 at 14:35 | Report abuse | Reply
  20. Outlier

    My dog ate chili, then barfed in the back of my truck. It is obviously the Virgin Mary... We'll be putting the truck on Ebay tomorrow. Oh Oh... I better get off the computer, there's a very nasty thunder storm popping up unexpectedly right here in my house!

    June 28, 2010 at 14:37 | Report abuse | Reply
  21. evw

    actually, if you look at the second image, its clear that there's a penis above a vagina. See, i have just as much free time on my hands as the nitwits at cnn.

    June 28, 2010 at 14:38 | Report abuse | Reply
    • bambi

      Michelangelo, you dirty devil.

      June 29, 2010 at 14:06 | Report abuse |
  22. Bioartchick

    If you study the progression of anatomical knowledge and the way that knowledge was passed down historically, Leonardo Da Vince, who was a generation ahead, first studied and proposed the brain as the center of the soul, as opposed to the heart. He characterized the newly observed ventricles into humors and gave each a governing duty over personality. All of this is chronicled in his notebooks and is agreed upon by art historians and scholars.

    Michaelangelo, being only 20 years his junior would have latched onto the importance of this concept as humanistic thought based in science, logic and reason began to trump the theology and dogma of the church. Depiction of the brainstem in god may have been sacrilegious at the time, but was not depicted blatantly.

    For prolific artists in the Renaissance, it was not uncommon to dissect human bodies, even though they may have done it illegally. This practice is well documented historically. It is also not inconceivable that, given his insight into the human body, Michaelangelo may have practiced his anatomy and his perspective in the underpainting before applying the glazes in the fresco.

    Lastly, Ian Suk is not a neurosurgeon, he is a medical illustrator who works exclusively with Dr. Tamargo, and has made it the work of his career to understand the human nervous system from all possible 3-dimensional angles for the purposes of illustrating important information for publication. As an artist with this skill set, it is understandable how he would have seen this.

    This story was put together very poorly. While I have not spoken with Ian Suk or Dr. Tamargo on the content of this story, I have enough information to know that CNN did a quick slap-together without giving much background, which is the skepticism here is so strong. Its obvious CNN didn't speak to either one of these people, and if they did, they did a superbly rotten job of relaying the factual information or giving this story much depth.

    June 28, 2010 at 14:39 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Guest

      Thank you for confirming my points.

      June 28, 2010 at 15:48 | Report abuse |
    • Bruegel

      Thanks, Bioartchick, for your helpful comments. They resonate beautifully.

      June 28, 2010 at 22:23 | Report abuse |
  23. Nastydaddy

    And if you turn it the other way it could be a uncircumsized penis. It's really just what you see in it, just like the inkblots a psychiatrist would show you.

    June 28, 2010 at 14:41 | Report abuse | Reply
  24. Byrd

    And how exactly is this is surprising? Michaelangelo painted this so-called "god" in human form, so wouldn't it necessarily have a brain stem if he was trying to be anatomically correct? Might he not instead be suggsting that god was nothing more than a figment of man's imagination, to which I would agree, especially if he considered this being a loving god? As for me, I've seen nothing of the sort since I've been on this planet. Looks more like Hell to me.

    June 28, 2010 at 14:41 | Report abuse | Reply
  25. Brad

    God seems to be the itch that one just can't reach. It gets irritating. Maybe this is the reason so many atheists show up on these religious sites.

    June 28, 2010 at 14:43 | Report abuse | Reply
  26. Rose123

    Jude may be on to something.......
    Maybe Michaelanagelo's painting of god can be interpreted as "god is a creation of human mind/brain" or " god is within us".

    June 28, 2010 at 14:50 | Report abuse | Reply
  27. Silliness

    What a kooky story – the man was known for going to great lengths to innovate and explore anatomy to depict the human form (and other-worldly bodies) as accurately as possible in his incredible works. Yet, we dial it down to one section of one fresco, and the possible depiction of a brain stem. Isn't there something more interesting we can cover today?

    June 28, 2010 at 14:51 | Report abuse | Reply
  28. Reader

    If Adam is the first human, who are the rest of the people in the picture? And what are they doing there, getting all cuddly with G-d?

    June 28, 2010 at 14:52 | Report abuse | Reply
  29. chuck

    After 30 years as an anatomist, I can state confidently that what is depicted is the neck complete with hyoid bone and salivary glands. If Michealangelo wanted to show a brainstem he would have shown it.

    June 28, 2010 at 14:53 | Report abuse | Reply
  30. Brad

    God doesn't exist if you think he can only be discovered in test tubes, through telescopes, or equations. The existance of God is a matter for intuition, not empiricism. When we know something without knowing HOW we know it, its intuition. Such things are expressed in myths or what some might call "fairy tails", and impossible to quantify. If science prooved something that it thought was God, it would not be the God Christians and Jews have been talking about.

    June 28, 2010 at 14:56 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Mark

      The concept of God is then on a par with Goldilocks, Rumplestiltskin and Sleeping Beauty. Come on you scientists, prove that these people don't exist. Ridiculous. The arrogance of someone who claims to be enlightened, to have the wisdom while the rest of us are in the dark baffles me. None of us truly know. That is the only fact. Hiding behind the words of a book written by a few fellas from 2000 thousand years ago, retranslated and rewritten hundreds of times over with multiple personal motives and objectives is not a reputable source in my opinion. I'm not saying I have any of the answers, just sick of arrogant pricks who think they do. Enlightened my arse.

      June 28, 2010 at 17:02 | Report abuse |
  31. fmiller

    Artists often infuse a work with multiple meanings. After years of work on the same fresco it would be very surprising if there were not lots of little jokes, commentaries, and references imbedded into the work. Its not like the guy was an idiot!

    June 28, 2010 at 14:56 | Report abuse | Reply
  32. Bea

    From what I have been reading about Michelangelo, it seems that he was the rebellious type. Especially towards the Pope and the Catholic institution of that time. He was probably frustrated by the lack of openness (that's an understatement) of the church towards science. I think it could have been of way of saying "here in front of your eyes is my knowledge that you don't understand and could kill me for...but I am going to paint it anyway!". His faith was strong and maybe for him the brain represented a channel to God. I find the "God giving life to Adam" even more interesting. There is another message in the ceiling of a Cherubim flipping the finger (the italian way)... what a character!

    June 28, 2010 at 14:59 | Report abuse | Reply
  33. rev_cletus

    Um – what next? Rainmakers? Dowsing? Psychic surgeons? Ouija boards? Tea-leaf readers? Palm readers?

    To quote Walt Kelly's Pogo: "We has met the enemy – and he is *us*."

    Our civilization will die of Teh Stoopit long before anything else kills it...

    June 28, 2010 at 14:59 | Report abuse | Reply
  34. al29

    maybe hes sayin it the other way...god is one of the greatest creations of the human brain..

    June 28, 2010 at 15:04 | Report abuse | Reply
  35. BC

    What a wonderful painting of hope......
    I am sorry to say that the non-believer, having never believed in anything would stand gazing at an empty canvas.

    June 28, 2010 at 15:06 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Brad

      The irreligious have thrown out God and are overawed with the power of their own minds. They are so busy going down blind alleys, barking up wrong trees, chasing wild geese, and chasing their own tails, they can't contemplate God.

      June 28, 2010 at 15:49 | Report abuse |
  36. Clyde59

    An interesting fact about this panel - even though it is the "first" panel representing the Creation, it was in fact the last panel Michelangelo painted on the ceiling. He did it in one day in about 4 hours with no revisions. I highly recommend visiting the Chapel if you ever get a chance. It doesn't matter if you believe this story of creation, it is simply the most beautiful thing in the world to see.

    June 28, 2010 at 15:07 | Report abuse | Reply
  37. Lizzy

    This article reminded me of this OTHER brain/ god comparison from the sistine chapel:


    June 28, 2010 at 15:07 | Report abuse | Reply
  38. Joe

    So what would God need a throat for anyway? Speaking? Well surely he can make himself heard without that. Eating? What happens if he decides not to eat or gets choked? Breathing? So he requires oxygen or what? Don't even get me started on what God would need sexual organs for, or eyes, etc.

    June 28, 2010 at 15:08 | Report abuse | Reply
  39. Betty

    If you hold my SAT scores upside down you will CLEARLY see that I should have gone to Harvard, not community college!!!
    What a load of kitty poo..............nicely played.

    June 28, 2010 at 15:10 | Report abuse | Reply
  40. who cares

    no one gives a damn about a painting! lets talk about something a little more serious! come on cnn... if you wanna talk about somethin then look this rapper up n do an article on him! http://www.myspace.com/steezy352

    June 28, 2010 at 15:17 | Report abuse | Reply
  41. totototo

    What we're looking at in the painting of God is actually the left and right cricothroid muscles below the thyroid cartilage with its laryngeal incisure that causes what is more commonly know as an Adam's Apple. It is (relatively) nowhere near the brain stem. If God's brainstem were actually there and he made us in his own image then wouldn't ours be there too?

    June 28, 2010 at 15:18 | Report abuse | Reply
  42. D'oh

    I bet this is an optical illusion resulting from smoke deposition (Assumption that smoke sources are allowed in the chamber). I highly doubt that a professional famous in his time would try to impose his point of view on those who commissioned him. He had plenty of other opportunities to hide his point of view in his works. So unless there is direct evidence that he did something of that sort, the current article is mere speculation and the idea shouldn't go into public memory. But, hey. Watch out for the next Tom Hanks movie where he studies goatees under paintings by Mikey looking for clues to Nazi treasures.

    June 28, 2010 at 15:19 | Report abuse | Reply
  43. Ironhouse

    If you know Michelangelo's art you know he didn't make mistakes, certainly not on a piece of anatomy he has painted so many times. If this throat looks different than the rest, and anatomically resembles a brain stem, then it was by no accident. Nothing in his paintings were left unplanned, no matter how small, nothing was by accident, and it all meant something. I'm not surprised, if you look at the people around God in any of his works they look fearful or disdainful. Look at the Creation of Adam, all the people with/supporting god look strained and afraid. God himself is giving a throat slash sign to a child on his left. Meanwhile Adam looks bored as he tease god with his finger. It isn't god giving Adam life, it's God straining to maintain belief from Adam, as Adam pulls his hand back abandoning God. Not to mention the obvious part of God floating in a giant brain shape. Michelangelo was a man of science, and frankly he may have had a God complex of his own, who else dare defy a Pope during that era? Did he hide his own beliefs in his art? It literally looks like he did.

    June 28, 2010 at 15:20 | Report abuse | Reply
  44. Chicago

    Weak minds? Religion is about faith, not about science. Your lack of understanding of the difference shows a true lack of wisdom. I don't know what it is that makes you feel so inferior that you are compelled to prove yourself better than those who have a different belief system. Einstein believed in God. You calling him weak-minded? A fool?

    June 28, 2010 at 15:22 | Report abuse | Reply
  45. Craig, Los Angeles

    I noticed a long time ago, the cloud of fabric surrounding Heaven in the picture is shaped like a brain with a stem as well. I read God is all in the mind from the picture. Look at it. It's a plain as day, stem included. http://wshs.wtvl.k12.me.us/~social/w-hist/renaiss/artshow/4b-Adam.jpg
    I'd like to know if anyone else sees it.

    June 28, 2010 at 15:23 | Report abuse | Reply
  46. George

    Give a break!!! I DO NOT CARE what is in his neck. Next they are going to find the DNA components. Please do and publizice something more productive.

    June 28, 2010 at 15:25 | Report abuse | Reply
  47. StrummersGhost

    This is the most idiotic waste of time and space I've seen for a while. I'm sure glad that these neurosurgeons have nothing better to do, you know, like cure patients or do medical research. I'm sure if you looked hard enough you could probably find a dozen or so things that look like hidden penises in these paintings as well, but it would be ridiculous to assume they were put there on purpose without any actual evidence. In the end, it doesn't matter anyway, since what the artist thought or believed is irrelevant to reality or anyone else's ideas. I never understood this whole idiotic Dan Brown thing where people seem to think that stuff a Renaissance painter might have believed gives any insight into actual events that may or may not have happened 500 years before they were born. There's nothing about what Michaelangelo or DaVinci believed that should have any bearing on what you or I believe, one way or the other. Whatever you believe, this is a beautiful painting, and to try to make it into any more than that is just pure fallacy.

    June 28, 2010 at 15:25 | Report abuse | Reply
    • StrummersGhost

      Sorry, typo. That should be "...1500 years before they were born...", not 500.

      June 28, 2010 at 15:31 | Report abuse |
  48. AreaMan

    And I saw a picture of the Virgin Mary in my breakfast cereal this morning, too!

    Geesh! One... a bit of a stretch with the comparison between some random lines and the brain... and two, WHO CARES?!?!

    June 28, 2010 at 15:25 | Report abuse | Reply
  49. v333

    he 'hid' a lot of things, i love how still media thinks it's just a little game he played, are they that STUPID that they don't yet understand that he was 'forbidden' to paint certain things, because the vatican didn't want anyone knowing them....not breaking news here. Why do you think they haven't let the world know all the hidden pictures of the pineal gland in artwork dating thousands of years ago to today. There a HUGE pineal gland right in front of the vatican, the biggest structure there. People are so stupid they believe the 'it's just a pine cone' story. lol, ya, all those thousands of years ago, they took all that time to depict a pine cone.

    June 28, 2010 at 15:27 | Report abuse | Reply
  50. God

    Um, you are all wrong! Wait until you get home! It'll all be clear. Of course, many of you are heading in the wrong direction. The relentless pursuit of temporary pleasure through your flesh will someday be your fixed will, not your free will, and it will be too late. You will have rejected me. Not the other way around. Just confess. To a catholic priest. (If you were Lucifer who would you make look the worst there on earth? It's obvious if you just use the mind I gave you.) Confess. Come home. It will all be clear before you know. All love.

    June 28, 2010 at 15:27 | Report abuse | Reply
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