The openly homoerotic nature of Michelangelo's poetry was a source of discomfort to later generations. His grandnephew, Michelangelo Buonarroti the Younger, published the poems in 1623, but changed the gender of the pronouns from male to female. It was not until John Addington Symonds translated them into English in 1893 that the original genders were restored.
In 1496, Michelangelo made a sleeping cupid figure and, at the advice of Lorenzo di Pierfrancesco, treated it with acidic earth to make it appear ancient. He then sold it to a dealer, Baldassare del Milanese, who in turn sold it to Cardinal Riario of San Giorgio who later learned of the fraud and demanded his money back.