Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Michelangelo and hygiene


Michelangelo's father, Lodovico, in a letter to his son during his stay in Rome at the age of 25, writes:

"Whatever happens, do not expose yourself to hardships, for in your profession, if you fall ill (which God forbid), you are a lost man.

Above all take care of your head, keep it moderately warm, and never bathe: have yourself rubbed down, but never bathe."

This is an era before modern medicine when any slight illness could be a major setback.

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