10 Shocking Facts You Didn’t Know About Michelangelo

He Worked Until The Week Of His Death

It was rare for anyone to live as old as Michelangelo, who made it to the age of 88. But even more remarkable is that he was working up until the week of his death. He spent much of his later years on St. Peter’s Basilica and in his final week, was still chiseling the statue of Jesus being held in the Virgin Mary’s arms, the Rondanini Pieta

He Wasn’t The Most Honest Guy

One of the prominent figures of the Medici family, Lorenzo de’ Medici, told Michelangelo that a cupid statue (now lost) the artist had carved could be sold for a lot more money if he could make it “appear to have been buried.” Michelangelo agreed to do it, and did it so well that Cardinal Raffaele Riario purchased the “antiquity” piece. However, the Cardinal soon realized that he bought a “fake,” got his money back, but was so impressed with the sculpture that he brought Michelangelo to work in Rome.