Poor Michelangelo. He lived like a pauper and was chronically miserable. The image of an indigent and moody artist accords well with our idea of the creative genius. But there’s an interesting twist to Michelangelo’s story. It turns out that he was one of the richest men of his time!
After years spent combing through the artist’s financial records, Rab Hatfield wrote The Wealth of Michelangelo, in which he reveals the extent of the enormous riches that Michelangelo managed to accumulate. Paranoid about his financial security, Michelangelo invested above all in carefully chosen, totally safe farms and houses. Furthermore, painfully conscious of his own humble upbringing, he was determined that the Buonarroti family be restored to its former patrician status.