Michelangelo’s Handwritten 16th-Century Grocery List


Here’s a peek at one of his grocery lists. One of the few surviving papers from the 15th and 16th century artist, architect, and poet is a grocery list he gave to an assistant tasked with fetching his desired foodstuffs. Ever wondered what famous artist Michelangelo ate?

It’s separated into three days by horizontal lines, and includes requests such as “pani dua” (two loaves of bread), “un aria” (a herring), and “un bocal di vino” (a quart of wine).

Via [OpenCulture]


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Let’s see if we can figure out what it says:

  • Pani Dua (?) Two pieces of bread?
  • Un Bocal di Vino (a quart of wine)
  • Un Ariga (Herring)
  • Tortegli (tortellini?)
  • Una salama (some sort of salami)
  • Quattro pani (4 pieces of bread)
  • Unh Bochal di Zodo (a pitcher of … ??)
  • Un quartuccio di Bruschino (Red wine)
  • un ??? di spinaci (Spinach!)
  • Quattro Alici (sort of anchovies..)
  • Tortelli (again?!)
  • Sei Pani (6 pieces of bread)
  • Due Minestre di Finocchio (Fennel soup)
  • Un aringa (a herring)
  • Un boccal di Zondo (a pitcher of ?? )

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