Michelangelo also made a snowman. It was when Piero di Lorenzo de’ Medici was Lord of Florence. He was called Piero the Unfortunate because he had a lot of bad luck, mostly due to everyone else being more competent and intelligent than he was.

In 1494 Piero commissioned Michelangelo to build him a snowman. We know, because in 1568 Giorgio Vasari published his ‘Lives of the Artists of the Italian Renaissance’, which included this quote: “one winter, when a great deal of snow fell in Florence, he [Piero] had him [Michelangelo] make in his courtyard a statue of snow, which was very beautiful”.