Scientists on slippers determined the growth of Michelangelo
Shoes were found after Michelangelo's death.
A team of researchers from Italy probably determined Michelangelo's height. To do this, they analyzed slippers, which are believed to have belonged to the great genius of the Renaissance. This is one pair of leather slippers and another one that was left without a companion after it was stolen in 1873.
The shoes, now kept in the Casa Buonarroti Museum in Florence, are attributed by researchers to Michelangelo based on their style and material. Although the slippers have never been radiocarbon-analyzed to avoid damaging them, the historical costume expert Eliza Tosi Brandi of the University of Bologna confirmed that these qualities of the shoes really correspond to the period in which the artist lived.
How tall was Michelangelo
Palaeopathologist Francesco M. Galasso and forensic anthropologist Elena Varotto of the FAPAB Research Center in Avola concluded that the one who wore the shoe was a man about 160 centimeters tall.
This is in line with what Giorgio Vasari wrote in his book & # 171; The Lives of the Greatest Italian Artists & # 187 ;. He describes Michelangelo as a man of medium height, broad shoulders and good proportions.
Of course, the researchers are not completely sure that the slippers belonged to Michelangelo. They suggest that they may have been worn by other people from the artist's family, or by his descendants.
Exhumation, including a complete anthropological and paleopathological analysis of Michelangelo's remains & # 8230; may finally test the accuracy of several hypotheses about his bodily and pathological traits, the study authors noted.
But when this will happen is still unknown.
Michelangelo's remains were never exhumed
- Michelangelo completed his earthly journey in Rome on February 18, 1564 at the age of 89.
- He & nbsp; lived in a modest house & nbsp; in Piazza Matsel de Corvi, which was demolished at the end of the 19th century to make way for the Vittoriano memorial.
- Lionardo's nephew & nbsp; transported Michelangelo's body to Florence , where he was buried. Here he rests to this day.
- The causes of death, as well as the exact pathological picture of the sculptor in the last years of his life are still unknown.
- However, based on various clues, scientists have hypothesized that he & nbsp ; suffered from various diseases , including gout, chronic arthritis, and intoxication caused by prolonged exposure to lead, contained in the pigments used in painting at the time.
- Michelangelo's remains never exhumed and not analyzed.