Michelangelo designed the uniforms of the Vatican Guard.
The assignment was one in a series he reluctantly took on by order of three consecutive popes.
But Michelangelo considered himself a poet and a sculptor, not an architect, painter, or clothing designer.
In fact, he pointedly demanded that his painting assignment for the Sistine Chapel be made out to “Michelangelo the sculptor.”
Michelangelo was alternately pleased and exasperated that he was constantly being called back to Rome. The pope even made Michelangelo an honorary Roman citizen and when he died arranged for him to have an elaborate burial in Rome.
A few days before his death, however, Michelangelo had told his nephew that he wished to be buried in his native city of Florence.
Knowing the pope was not intending to honor that request, the nephew managed to steal the body, pack it in an unmarked shipping crate, and spirit it back to Florence, where it remains.