Lionardo di Buonarrota


Michelangelo (1475-1564) Florentine High Renaissance military engineer, sculptor, painter, architect and poet


Lionardo di Buonarrota, Michelangelo's older brother, becomes a devoted follower of Girolamo Savonarola and enters the Domenican Order, effectively leaving Michelangelo as eldest son of the family.

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July 1

on Thursday

6 years, 6 months, 3 days later

Domino Lodovico Buonarroti in Florence.

In the name of God, this First day of July, 1497.

Most Revered and Dear Father, — You must not be surprised that I have not yet returned to you, for I have failed in all my attempts to settle my business with the Cardinal, and I have no wish to leave Rome until I have received satisfaction and have been paid for my work. With these exalted personages one has to go slowly, for they cannot be forced into action. I believe, however, that the end of the coming week will certainly see all my affairs arranged.

I must tell you that Fra Lionardo(1) has returned here to Rome, and says he was obliged to flee from Viterbo and that his frock has been taken away from him. He wished to return to you: wherefore I gave him a gold ducat for his journey, which he asked of me. I think you must already know of this, for by now he ought to be with you.

I know of nothing else I have to tell you, for I am surrounded by uncertainties and know not as yet which way matters will turn : but I hope soon to be with you once more. I am well, and trust that you are the same. Commend me to my friends.

MICHELAGNIOLO, Sculptor, in Rome.

(1) Lionardo Buonarroti, already mentioned as having entered Savonarola's order of Dominicans.

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The moon was a new moon that night.
Sunrise in Viterbo was at 5:58 AM and sunset was at 6:06 PM.
Sunrise in Florence was at 5:58 AM and sunset was at 6:06 PM.
Sunrise in Rome was at 5:58 AM and sunset was at 6:06 PM.

Source: Primary

Michelangelo; Buonarroti, Michelangelo, trans. Robert W. Carden. "Michelangelo. A Record of His Life", p. 6-7


12 years, 6 months, 6 days later

Lionardo di Buonarrota is in the convent of Saint Mark at Florence.

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