Febo di Poggio
- For the Dutch fast food chain, see FEBO
Febo di Poggio was an Italian model, with whom the artist Michelangelo had a sexual relationship. Michelangelo called Febo "that little blackmailer." Febo adopted him as his "honorary father" and sought money, clothes and gifts. The relationship lasted through 1533-34, and ended when Michelangelo found out that he had betrayed him.
References in Michelangelo's Poetry
- I truly should, so happy was my lot,
- While Phoebus was inflaming all the hill,
- Have risen from the earth while I was able,
- Using his feathers and thus make my dying sweet.
Furthermore, Michelangelo shows his grief with Febo when he states in the second stanza:
- Now he left me. And if he vainly promised
- To make me happy days go by less quickly.
The allusion of the bird is further re-iterated in the third stanza or the start of sextet:
- His feathers were my wings, his hill my steps,
- Phoebus was a lamp for my feet. To die then
- Would have been my salvation and pleasure.
Michelangelo was so affected by Febo that he ends the poem with references to classical death:
- Now dying without him, my soul won't rise to Heaven.
- To me Heaven was surely merciless,
- Fusing your live beam on two eyes alone,
- when, with its rapid and eternal motion,
- The journey it gave to you, the light to us
- "The Passions of Michelangelo". Rictornorton.co.uk. 2008-06-14. Retrieved 2014-05-14.