This is the central portion of Michelangelo's fresco on the ceiling of the
Sistine Chapel in the Vatican.
Dave Barry 10/6/2002:
The public prefers the old-fashioned style of art, where
you have some clue as to what the art is supposed to represent.
This is why the Sistine Chapel frescoes painted by the
great Italian artist Mike L. Angelo are so popular.
The public is impressed because the people in the frescoes actually look
like people and because Mike painted them on the ceiling.
The public has painted its share of ceilings, and it always
winds up with most of the paint in its hair.
So the public considers the Sistine Chapel to be a major
artistic achievement and will spend several minutes gazing at it in awe and
wonder (Do you think he used a roller?) before moving on to the next thing
on the tour, which ideally will be lunch.