(b. 1475, Caprese, d. 1564, Roma)
Sonnet with a Caricaturec. 1510
Pen and brown ink, 283 x 200 mm
Casa Buonarroti, Florence
In this sonnet, the artist mocks the state to which he has been reduced as he lies on his scaffolding to paint, forced to adopt uncomfortable and unnatural poses. In the accompanying sketch, he depicts himself with one arm raised and his head tilted backwards, painting a diabolical form on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel.
The text on the drawing reads:
I've got myself a goitre from this strain....