Playing with this image for my first attempt at original cartoon humour on this blog, it occurred to me that this wonderful painting actually contains evidence that despite the religious nature of his works, Michelangelo Buonarroti was probably an atheist. It is not too unlikely. He was known to be very intelligent, and later on even labelled heretic. But also knew what side his bread was buttered on.
Dr Meshberger pointed out that the canopy around god and his angels mimics exactly the shape of the human brain. He then goes on to propound an elaborate theory which assumes that Michelangelo understood more of the function of the brain than is really likely considering he gained his knowledge examining cadavers in the early 1500s. I think he is concocting evidence from coincidence. Occam’s razor suggests a simpler explanation, and a message that Michaelangelo was leaving for posterity.
“God is in the mind”