Saturday, March 26, 2022

Aminadab - Sistine Chapel - Michelangelo

We just learned about Michelangelo's painting of Judith and Holfernes.

Another part of the Sistine Chapel are 14 half circles around the outside, showing the ancestors of Jesus.
One of those paintings is of Aminadab, which is sometimes spelled like "Amminadab".

Amminadab is in the Old Testament of the Bible a few times, throughout the books of Exodus, Numbers, and Chronicles, usually just being listed as part of the old family of God's people.
In the book of Matthew in the New Testament, there is a list of relatives of Jesus, going all the way back through some of the well known people like King David, and ending up all the way back at Abraham.
Amminadab is the Great great great great great grandson of Abraham, and the Great great great great grandfather of David.
So he was kind of in the middle of some more famous people in the Bible.

Michelangelo painted two people sitting beside a side that says "Aminadab".
There weren't really any paintings of Amminadab, since he was alive many years before Michelangelo did this painting, so he just imagined some people to put next to the sign to be part of Jesus' family.

(from: wikipedia - gallery of sistine chapel ceiling)

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