|The Bargello Courtyard|
The Bargello, the oldest public building in Florence, served as a residence, a prison where executions were held in the courtyard, and, since 1865, a museum housing some of the most important works of the Renaissance. This is where Michelangelo's early works are displayed.
His first cupid, probably sculpted when Michelangelo was barely twenty, was also his first mistake in judgment. When a dealer told the young artist that he could probably fetch a higher price for the sculpture if it looked "old," the dealer and Michelangelo roughed cupid up a bit, rubbed dirt all over it, and sold it for quite a bit more than it was worth at the time.
|Michelangelo's Drunken Bacchus|
The Cardinal politely thanked the artist, paid him, and then placed the statue in a shed where it remained for over fifty years. Thank heavens Michelangelo redeemed himself a bit later with the Pietà, and then spent the rest of his career dazzling everyone with one magnificent accomplishment after another.