Importuno di Michelangelo translates directly as The Nuisance by Michelangelo, which plays directly into the belief that some hold about the piece. Rumour has it that the artist was so irritated by an unknown figure from his own lifetime that he decided to carve this impression of them into the wall. Some elements of modern media have picked up this story and imbellished it somewhat, but some respected historians have also claimed that there may be some truth to this story. Those who have looked more deeply into this rumour have uncovered a drawing from the artist's career which certainly bears a considerable resemblance to the craved face portrait found here, that particular drawing is a part of the Louvre collection in Paris. We do know that Michelangelo was busy in this building setting up his David sculpture in the early 16th century and so it may have been completed then, albeit with the permission granted by authorities to do so.
Stories continue to surface about Michelangelo all these centuries later, as news organisations desperately try to create new information on someone whose legacy and highlights are entirely established and have already been researched and studied in huge detail. Initially, most was completed in Italy only, but over the centuries he has become regarded as an international figure and many institutions around the world have chosen to complete their own investigations into various strands of his career. There are also frequent exhibitions on his work which will have accompanying publications that would always benefit from new findings, as hard as it is now to find any all these years later. His work more generally has also been dispersed all across the world, though much of his best work remains in Italy, often in the same buildings in which it was originally placed.
The Palazzo Vecchio in Florence is a prestigious location that has been well preserved over the years. It holds a number of important artworks from the Italian Renaissance, including Genio della Vittoria (Genius of Victory) by Michelangelo. Battle of Cascina by Michelangelo and the Battle of Anghiari by Leonardo da Vinci were both once stored here but later removed during renovations. The architecture itself is impressive enough to warrant a visit all by itself, and the history seen within this location can be felt in the air for those fortunate enough to take a visit to this much loved venue that remains an important part of the Florentine culture scene.