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Michelangelo Document

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Title

Michelangelo Document

Description

In late 1530 when the city of Florence submitted to Pope Clement's forces, Michelangelo believed himself to be in danger with the other Florentines who were being exiled or executed, and took refuge in the campanile di San Niccolo, near the Arno River. Though he remained in hiding for several months, he need not have feared, being favored by both sides: the Medici and the people. The piece shown here is presumed to be a journal passage written during this period. The entry cited several days between November 2 and November 20, 1530 and itemizes various business transactions.

Creator

Michelagniolo Buonarroti, 1475-1564.

Source

From the George N. Meissner Collection.

Format

1 item, Autograph manuscript signed, 2 p.

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Text

recto
Santa Croce Quarter, Gonfalone of the Black Lion
I, Michelagniolo Buonarroti, have at home eight barrels of wine, and about two barrels of
beans and one half barrel of vinegar and four mouths to feed.
This day the sixteenth of April.
verso
Bastiano Balena, my workman, in one month up to today, the 2nd day of November 1530,
has received 3 bushels of millet, one of barley, and one of wheat and 12 lire, and I have
received from him seven and a half barrels of wine.
And on the 3rd day of the said month, the said Bastiano, received from me,
Michelagniolo, five bushels of wheat for sowing.
And today, the 5th day of the said month, the said Bastiano Balena received five bushels
of wheat: four for sowing and one for food.
And today, the said day, to Ventura of Pazzolatico two bushels of wheat for sowing.
And Domenico, my workmen from Macia, received from me, up to said date, six bushels
of wheat for sowing.
And today, the eleventh day of said month, Ventura of Pazzolatico received six bushels
of wheat: one for food and five for sowing and one bushel of millet.
And today, the twelfth day of said month, Bastiano Balena received four bushels of
wheat: three for sowing and one for food and one bushel of millet.
And today, the fifteenth day of said month, I gave to Domenico of Macia 3 bushels of
wheat for sowing.
And today, the twentieth day of said month, I gave to my workman, Domenico of Macia
six bushels of wheat for sowing.
And the said day, I gave to Balena five grossi at six soldi the grosso.

*Translation by William E. Wallace 5/1986

Citation

Michelagniolo Buonarroti, 1475-1564., “Michelangelo Document,” WUSTL Digital Gateway Image Collections & Exhibitions, accessed October 17, 2017, http://omeka.wustl.edu/omeka/items/show/7725.

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