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"I am gonna go broke this year on concerts..." - do not go broke, but hold on to your money. "Clear them out of your life as the scandalous and evil-living lot they are", as Michelangelo Buonarroti once wrote.
posted on 01/27/2007 11:14:44 PM PST
"Clear them out of your life as the scandalous and evil-living lot they are", as Michelangelo Buonarroti once wrote.
Let's have a look at Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni (aka Michelangelo)
"...Romantic biographers would like Michelangelo to have been attracted to Contessina de' Medici, the youngest daughter of Lorenzo de' Medici. He may well have been, for surely she was the most comely creature in the Medici household and approximately his same age. But relations beyond polite formalities would have been impossible. They moved in different worlds; moreover, Contessina was marked from birth for a more socially advantageous match.
If Michelangelo sought relations with women, they came from a more humble station, where favors were dispensed more readily or were exchanged for money. A few poems suggest such experiences--and his ability to laugh at them: "When I look down upon each of your breasts they look like two watermelons in a bag."
Relations with men were more possible and probably more frequent. In the Medici household, Michelangelo was among a group of exceptionally learned and cultivated men with homosexual inclinations--both physically and philosophically: Angelo Poliziano, Marsilio Ficino, and Lorenzo de' Medici himself. Michelangelo was probably not the initiator of relations but rather the passive recipient of their attentions--a situation extremely common in Renaissance Florence. In turn, they offered a home that was intellectually stimulating, above moral scrutiny, and without economic or mundane obligations. Indeed, it was a privilege to be part of that select circle. It made an indelible impression on Michelangelo, and he naturally looked back on these years with nostalgia..."
Michelangelo: The Complete Sculpture, Painting, Architecture
It's always good to think in context of a pull quote.
posted on 01/27/2007 11:32:28 PM PST
(You have flies in your eyes--Catch-22)
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