Jane Birkin & Serge Gainsbourg
Michelangelo's Creation of Adam from the Sistine Chapel
Bella Freud was right; Gainsbourg is God. Okay, maybe he's not exactly God, but by comparing a photograph of Serge and Jane Birkin to Michelangelo's legendary fresco The Creation of Adam, he gets pretty damn close.
Michelangelo's painting, housed on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel in Rome, captures precisely the moment before God creates humankind. God reaches out towards Adam to pass on the spark of life, with their fingertips just barely touching. This makes for such a theatrical image, as there's so much anticipation for their hands to meet and for Adam to become activated.
Hundreds of years after this 16th Century masterpiece was created, Jane Birkin and Serge Gainsbourg were photographed in a pose with uncanny resemblance to Adam and God. In this image, however, their fingers touch. This seems absolutely symbolic to the spark that emerged between the two and led to a both a flourishing romance and a fruitful collaboration in music and cinema.