Creation of Adam by Michelangelo

Creation of Adam by Italian Renaissance master Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni, better known simply as Michelangelo, is a truly momentous work which fits into very any art history study thanks to it's prominence with in the Renaissance period, which itself was crucial in shaping the development of European artists who have since followed on from where that movement left off. This article will aim to cover all the key elements of the Creation of Adam painting as well as considering which other works were highlights with in the artist's long and highly distinguished career.

This painting was a central piece which is surrounded by many other panel paintings which together form an incredible array of Renaissance art which is an inspiring sight to see for those lucky enough to see it in all it's glory. Those unable to do that may consider art reproductions instead, and there has naturally always been a great interest in print reproductions of his Creation of Adam original as well as other photographs of the overall setting.

The artist would have taken huge amounts of time planning this piece and needed many helpers to achieve such a huge overall coverage of the ceiling with relatively primitive instruments available. Many of the Renaissance painters re-visited their work on several occasions in order to feed their desire for perfectionist levels but this would have been much harder to do here because of the installations needed to continue work on these ceiling paintings whilst simple paintings in their own studio would obviously be far easier to experiment with at the artist's own leisure.

It is pleasing to see so many people even today still being excited by the work of Michelangelo and understanding the qualities found in his career, even though his life was so long ago and that art styles have moved on so much towards the abstract and expressionists movements which we also now have. There have been considerable numbers of new movements since around the middle of the 19th century which have taken the principles of art further and further from the work of the Renaissance, but there still remains a strong interest in the masters such as Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci and Raphael. Italian art has so far failed to match these high points and so it is unsurprising that this country remains so proud of what they achieved with classic paintings such as the Creation of Adam as discussed here.

Creation of Adam is ready to buy as a framed fine art print from which also offers some in-depth discussions of the painting itself as well as more on the rest of the career of Michelangelo as well.

Incidentally, the Creation of Adam painting is currently amongst the most frequently reproduced of all paintings in the history of European art and so it is unsurprising that so many websites currently offer it in a great range of different mediums just to suit your precise taste.

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Collecting Art - A Matter of Perspective

Collecting fine art is all a matter of personal perspective. What appeals to one individual might not necessarily appeal to another. However, there are two prevailing schools of thought when collecting fine art: the first is, you should learn to buy what you love; the second is, you should learn to love what you buy.

Since there is no right or wrong answer to this debate and it is just a matter of personal preference, my first reaction is to say, buy what you love. With all due respect, you do not buy a couch or a bedroom set because it is a good investment, you buy it because it makes you feel comfortable. Whether you sit on it, lay on it, or sleep on it, the chances are, when you walk through the door you do not ponder if you made a sound investment.

Well, fine art is no different. In essence, it is a piece of wall furniture. Nothing more. If it makes you feel good then that is what really matters; and, you made the right choice.

I have a very close friend who just spent about $30,000 on a beautiful oil painting from a contemporary artist because it reminded her of her father. She asked me, did I do the right thing? As I answered, yes, the second question out of her mouth was, will I ever get my money out of it? My answer was simple: will you ever get your money out of the living room set you bought? The conversation should have ended there, but it did not. She then asked, would you have done the same? My answer was honest and direct. No.

As for myself, I would have bought a masterwork: a Rembrandt etching; a Durer woodcut; a Picasso linocut; or, a Chagall lithograph. Not just because of the return on investment, but because I love masterworks. For me, it has mostly been about possessing a piece of history.

In my mind, fine art, no matter how fine, is a piece of wall furniture: still glorious; beautiful; personal; and, comfortable. A masterwork, however, because of its place in history is a piece of wall property; and, to me, that is what makes masterworks so appealing.

Far be it from me to judge anyone's taste in fine art. I cannot even follow the simple math when it comes to paint-by-numbers. But with so much importance put on the new millennium catch phrase ROI or Return on Investment, it is much to my benefit that collecting masterworks is my preference.

The expression, if you buy what you love then you can never go wrong, is ultimately true. Collecting fine art is a deeply personal decision. But, regardless of your fine art collecting habits, if you do not feel richer as the work of art hangs on your wall, then you have made the wrong decision.

For B. Mathew Are, collecting and selling art has not only been a way to make a living, it has also been a way of life. Durerpost inherited its name because Albrecht Durer's place in art history, but the author's love for masterworks and fine art is all encompassing. Please feel free to visit us at

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Some Things To Consider When Buying Oil Paintings For Your Home

When you are deciding to buy oil paintings for your main residence or vacation home, there are several things you need to keep in mind as you are making your considerations. Not only on the piece of artwork itself, but also the entire home. Such things as the decor that is currently in place and any other types of art that you already have in the home. This will allow you to give thought to all of the oil paintings you are considering and also help you in determining what pieces will match in the space and which options are going to best fit into the space.

The first thing to consider is which room the canvas art will be hung in. If there is very little furniture in the space, choosing the brighter and bolder colors in the oil paintings you are purchasing, will help the room pop and stand out. For a room with heavier amounts of furnishings, something lighter and with a simple or plain design will make for a subtle effect in the space. You must also consider the colors of the walls in the room, in order to ensure things will not clash and that the oil paintings match the space entirely.

The next consideration is the subject or theme of the art and paintings. Whether it is something in pastels and lighter colors for a large living or dining room or an expansive landscape style piece for a bedroom or hallway of the home, these are just some of the factors to consider as you are determining what to buy. Of course each home owner will have their own taste and style, but making sure the theme and colors match the space is key when choosing the right oil paintings that will fit the space you are attempting to fill with art.

Making sure to measure the spot or area you plan to hang a painting in and obtaining the dimensions of the canvas art before buying it should also be done. Depending on the size of the room and what other art or pieces of decor are already present in the space, making sure the oil paintings are not too large (or small for extremely large spaces) has to be determined prior to the purchase as well. Writing down the measurements and marking the walls in the home before purchasing ensures it will properly fit the space.

A final tip when buying oil paintings for your home is to choose the material which best fits the space. Whether you choose art that has been done on canvas or purchase a print of the painting that has been printed on paper will depend on you personal preferences, budget, and the overall look of the piece. This is more of a personal choice and will vary based on the space you are placing the oil paintings in. Prints will need to be framed under glass and that is another consideration too.

When deciding on oil paintings for your home, you should consider these and any other factors which are important to you personally, in order to ensure you find something you will truly love and something that fits well into the space you are displaying the painting in.

Teresa Bernard has been a fine art artist of original oil paintings since her preteen years. Since then she has gone on to create a name for herself as an accomplished artist and has sold her paintings across the US and world wide. Her paintings can be viewed online at

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