28/07/10

Hidden anatomy in the Sistine Chapel








"Brainstem, Spinal Cord Images Hidden in Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel Fresco"


Michelangelo, the 16th century master painter and accomplished anatomist, appears to have hidden an image of the brainstem and spinal cord in a depiction of God in the Sistine Chapel's ceiling, a new study by Johns Hopkins researchers reports. These findings by a neurosurgeon and a medical illustrator, published in the May Neurosurgery, may explain long controversial and unusual features of one of the frescoes' figures (continue reading @ artdaily.org)