#2. He was an accomplished poet
Michelangelo is best known as a visual artist, yet in his day he was also a respected man of letters. He produced several hundred sonnets and madrigals over his career, often jotting down stray lines of verse as he hammered away at statues in his workshop. Michelangelo’s poetry makes use of extensive wordplay, and touches on everything from sex and aging to his overactive bladder. While none of these works was formally published in his lifetime, they circulated widely among Rome’s 16th century literati, and composers even set some of them to music.