Michelangelo and Noah’s Liver: A Hidden Anatomy Lesson?

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Roberto Ariel Macchiavello Macho & Camila Vilma Bolelli Díaz


Michelangelo Buonarroti (1475 - 1564) is considered one of the greatest artists in history. He studied in detail the human anatomy through corpses dissection, practice until then relegated for religious reasons. Since the physician Frank Lynn Meshberger published in 1990 his interpretation of the fresco “The Creation of Adam” based on neuroanatomy, where he compared the image of God with a sagittal section of the human brain, many authors have found various hidden anatomical references in the work of Michelangelo. In the present paper we expose the finding of a hidden lesson on liver anatomy in the fresco The Drunkenness of Noah of the Sistine Chapel.

KEY WORDS: Liver; Anatomy; Medicine in the arts; Liver cirrhosis.

How to cite this article

MACCHIAVELLO, M. R. A. & BOLELLI, D. C. V. Michelangelo and Noah’s Liver: A hidden anatomy lesson?. Int. J. Morphol., 37(3):872-876, 2019,