BBC HomeExplore the BBC
This page has been archived and is no longer updated. Find out more about page archiving.

24 September 2014
Press Office
Search the BBC and Web
Search BBC Press Office

BBC Homepage

Contact Us


Press Releases & Press Packs

 


BACK TO MAIN RELEASE


FACTUAL & ARTS TV


The Divine Michelangelo - top 10 things you didn't know about Michelangelo


1. He told his life story to his biographer, Ascanio Condivi, and spun the myth of the divine artist.


2. An assassin was hired to kill him during a civil war in Florence because he had taken the side of the Republic against his old patrons, the Medici family. When the Medici defeated the Republic, Michelangelo was in trouble.


3. The nudes in his Last Judgement fresco caused outrage. Underpants were added later.


4. He claimed he had aristocratic roots. This was untrue.


5. He was famous for his poor personal hygiene. He followed his father's advice to not wash and often slept in his clothes and boots. Sometimes he went so long without taking them off that the skin came away like a snake's with the boots.


6. One of his earliest works was a snowman.


7. He was well known for his 'terribilita' or fearsome personality.


8. He was working right up until his death in 1564 at the age of 88. When he died there were 8,000 gold coins in a box next to his bed (the equivalent of about £500,000 in today's money).


9. He wrote more than 300 poems.


10. He made a name for himself as an art faker.


BACK TO MAIN RELEASE


All the BBC's digital services are now available on Freeview, the new free-to-view digital terrestrial television service, as well as on satellite and cable.

Freeview offers the BBC's eight television channels, interactive services from BBCi, as well as 11 national BBC radio networks.


BACK TO THE TOP

PRINTABLE VERSION




About the BBC | Help | Terms of Use | Privacy & Cookies Policy