While Michelangelo was working on the Sistine chapel he would often stay up the scaffolding for days on end. He rarely washed and he changed his clothes even less frequently. On one occasion, having not taken off his leather breeches for more than six months, he had to have them cut off. Unfortunately, his skin had attached itself to the breeches and some came away with the material. Ouch!!
Caravaggio on the other hand, bought fantastically extravagant clothes whenever he sold a painting, only to wear them until they fell apart. He was also known to use his own urine to dilute his paint. He had a violent temper and loathed other painters because he believed none of them were as good as he was. He frequently had arguments and once parted his model’s lover’s hair with and axe.
George Stubbs was a remarkable horse painter, probably because of sheer dedication to finding out everything he could about the anatomy of the horse. He did this be keeping dead horses strung up in his studio in a deserted farmhouse in Lincolnshire. At times there might be as many as six horses strung around the studio in various stages of decay. As you can imagine it must have smelt awful.