Michelangelo’s Grocery List / Hyperallergic

Michelangelo’s grocery list. (image via Casa Buonarroti)

Michelangelo’s grocery list. (image via Casa Buonarroti)

The great Italian Renaissance artist Michelangelo ate fish and bread like most everybody else. In his 16th century handwritten list of 15 grocery items with accompanying illustrations, the artist requested fish, bread, two fennel soups, a herring (un aringa), four anchovies, tortelli, and wine (“un bocal di vino”), among other items. He sketched the food items not just for the fun of it, but rather because his servant was illiterate. This grocery list is archived at the Florence museum Casa Buonarroti, where one can find more of the artist’s handwritten notes, and works of art such as “Madonna of the Stairs (1490).

This same grocery list appeared in an exhibition at the Seattle Art Museum a few years ago, alongside 11 other drawings, also from the Casa Buonarroti. Yet this grocery list, along with any sketches of masterworks of art rather than the works themselves, is the opposite of what Michelangelo would have wanted the public to see.

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