Michelangelo's Secret Drawings Are Underneath The Medici Chapel

You may have heard of a certain artist named Michelangelo, arguably one the most famous artists of all time, whose work is some of the most recognized. (How many pop culture references to "The Creation Of Adam" have you seen in your life?) But you may not have heard of his secret stash of drawings, which researchers found hundreds of years after his death. The drawings are on the walls of a small, cell-like room beneath the Medici Chapel of the Basilica di San Lorenzo chapel in Florence. And here's where the story takes a turn for the even more interesting: He was holed up there for months while the Medici family wanted him dead.

In 1530, Michelangelo and many other Italians defied the pope in hopes of a more democratic system of governance. This was a bold choice for Michelangelo, who owed his entire career to the powerful Medici family. The pope was a Medici, by the way, so this caused major problems for the artist. The pope and his family sought to punish anyone defying their rule, which would have included Michelangelo had he not hid in his dank little room beneath the chapel, which he had originally built as a mausoleum for the Medici Family. The drawings on the walls, which may include doodles of the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, were discovered in 1976 by the director of the Museum of the Medici Chapel. Peek into Michelangelo's life with the videos below.

Michelangelo's Sistene Chapel Ceiling

The history of one of art's most breathtaking works.

A Short Biography Of Michelangelo

You know the art, but do you know the artist?

Written by Curiosity Staff September 30, 2016

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