Divine Michelangelo - top 10 things you didn't know about Michelangelo
He told his life story to his biographer, Ascanio Condivi, and spun
the myth of the divine artist.
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.
The nudes in his Last Judgement fresco caused outrage. Underpants
were added later.
He claimed he had aristocratic roots. This was untrue.
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.
One of his earliest works was a snowman.
He was well known for his 'terribilita' or fearsome personality.
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).
He wrote more than 300 poems.
He made a name for himself as an art faker.
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