For decades Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni (1475-1564), sculptor, artist, architect and poet, dwelt in Via Macel de' Corvi, a somewhat insalubrious street whose name translates as the Slaughterhouse of the Crows.
The house in which Michelangelo lived, on and off, from 1513 until his death over fifty years later, was destroyed at the end of the 19th century to make way for the offices of a Venetian insurance company.
The grand Palazzo delle Assicurazioni Generali di Venezia stands in Piazza Venezia and there is a plaque on the wall facing the Vittoriano which records that Michelangelo's home once stood on this site.
The house may have been demolished, but its attractive facade was saved and in 1903 it was rebuilt in the nearby Via delle Tre Pile. Thirty or so years later it was once again taken down to make way for more urban development. Since 1941 it has stood on the Janiculum Hill, near the Porta San Pancrazio.
My name is David Lown and I am an art historian from Cambridge, England. Since 2001 I have lived in Italy, where I run private walking tours of Rome.
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