For those interested in what Michelangelo might have been thinking as he painted the Sistine Chapel ceiling - here are some possibilities
In the above link you can view the "Fall and the Expulsion of Adam and Eve" - They have just eaten of the "tree of the knowledge of good and evil" - we can see the "evil angel" in the form of a partial serpent passing something to Eve and then we see the "good angel" directing the father and mother of humanity out of the garden of Eden.
If you notice the physical posiition of Eve in relation to Adam it becomes rather obvious what she was doing in the moments before the serpent arrived or perhaps after the snake had directed her. Think of the position of Monika as Bill leaned against his desk in the oval office. Now is Michelangelo making some statement here, something to the effect that "eating the fruit of the tree" will bring on the knowledge of good and evil? Of course the fruit itself is not what changes anything, but the fact that a female person could want to satisfy or give pleasure to a male person with oral stimulation says a lot about the depth of the moral aptitude of the female. What I mean precisely, is that in order for her to willingly provide that kind of sexual service to her mate involves a case of knowing what the other person (Adam in this case) wants and acting according to those desires in an altruistic manner. This could be a primary case of "putting yourself in the place of the other" one of the prerequisites of having a moval attitude.
So in essence Michelangelo paints the bad angel as an agent of oral sex while the good angel carries a weapon and pushes the couple out of paradise. It seems a very apt take on Christianity - especially perceptive early in the 16th Century.
Now take a look at the painting of "The Creation of Adam" - here Michelangelo suggests that God and his entourage of angels exist in the confines of a very brain-like structure. In fact, their divine abode exactly resembles the shape of a human brain. Could Michelangelo be "saying" that the Divine pantheon of Jehovah and his court of spirit-beings are actually the "creations" of the mind of man in a universal sense (in other words, they are the product of our language).
The fact that this is the creation scene it can be taken in two distinct ways - hence the near touch of Adam's and God's fingers. It can be viewed as the fantasy of God creating a man or the fantasy of mankind creating a god. Of course since both are fantasies, the first is acually a double fantasy.
Anyway, those are some thoughts on Michelagelo Buonaroti's images and perhaps his imagination. I particularly see the vision of the Fall of Adam and Eve as something that a homosexual man such as Michelangelo might visualize and paint. If the implications are true, we would have to conclude that he wasn't much of a christian, but in 1500 what choice was there except to mock those in power through devious and marvelous imagery that he knew they would never unravel. The mysteriousness is intriguing.
Sorry I couldn't post the pictures here or even highlight the URLs - in the same way that my computer will not copy and paste the blocks in quotes - I cannot do much of anything (even bold or italics) with this program. Probably due to my working with Windows 95??