by Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni
HE Creation of the Sun, Moon, and Plants is one of the frescoes from Michelangelo’s nine panels depicting scenes from the book of Genesis, located on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. It is the second scene in the chronological sequence depicting the third and fourth day of the Creation narrative together on one panel.
On the left side of the painting God is depicted from behind, extending his arm towards a bush, alluding to the plant world. On the right side another image of God points towards the Sun with his right hand and toward the faint Moon with his left. His face expresses the force needed for the creation of the abode of living beings. The abstract patterns of drapery emphasise the motion of both figures of God.