St Croce, Piazza di Santa Croce, 16, 50122 Firenze FI, Italia
Michelangelo Buonarroti (1475–1564)
was an Italian sculptor, painter, architect, and poet of the High
Renaissance who exerted an unparalleled influence on the development of
It is impossible to know for certain whether Michelangelo had physical relationships (Condivi ascribed to him a "monk-like chastity"), but the nature of his sexuality is made apparent in his poetry. The longest sequence displaying a great romantic friendship, was written to Tommaso dei Cavalieri (c. 1509–1587), who was 23 years old when Michelangelo met him in 1532, at the age of 57. Cavalieri remained devoted to Michelangelo until his death.
In 1542 Michelangelo met Cecchino dei Bracci who died only a year later, inspiring Michelangelo to write forty-eight funeral epigrams. The openly homoerotic nature of the poetry was a source of discomfort to later generations and it was not until John Addington Symonds translated them into English in 1893 that the original genders were restored.
Late in life, Michelangelo nurtured a great platonic love for the poet and noble widow Vittoria Colonna, whom he met in Rome in 1536 or 1538 and who was in her late forties at the time.
Michelangelo died in Rome in 1564, at the age of 88 (three weeks before his 89th birthday). His body was taken from Rome for interment at the Basilica of Santa Croce (Piazza di Santa Croce, 16, 50122 Firenze, Italy), fulfilling the maestro's last request to be buried in his beloved Florence.
Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC
State Heritage Museum, St. Petersburgh
St Peter's Basilica, Rome