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Document suggests Michelangelo lived inside St Peter's Basilica
dpa German Press Agency
Published: Friday February 9, 2007


Rome- Michelangelo lived in a small room inside Rome's
Basilica of St Peter's during the last 17 years of his life,
according to a report Friday in daily La Repubblica.
The report cites a recently discovered receipt dating back to
March 1557, in which an engraver was paid "10 scudi" for making a key
for a chest "in the room in St Peter's where Master Michelangelo
retires to."

Historians had always suspected that the great Renaissance artist
spent his last years inside the Vatican. But this is the first time
that evidence has been found to corroborate their theory and pinpoint
its exact location.

"Michelangelo lived inside the basilica. No one before had been
able to verify it. This document casts new light on a theory that
until yesterday we could only imagine," art historian Maria Cristina
Carlo-Stella told La Repubblica.

Michelangelo's alleged room is now a library inside the basilica's
Historic Archive, which is positioned behind the church's dome.
Researchers use it to study its documents and commonly refer to it as
"Michelangelo's room."

Michelangelo is thought to have lived there from January 1547
until his death, which took place on February 18, 1564. The basilica
was still under construction at the time.

The artist had previously worked on his famous Last Judgment
fresco in the Vatican's Sistine Chapel, between 1534 and 1541.

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