Tuesday, April 05, 2005

Michelangelo was there

In the Vatican City, if you looked. Even beside the Pope, as he laid there at St Peter's Basilica, before the entombment in the grotto below the church alongside popes of centuries past.

I had always thought them to be the Vatican Guards but they are really known as the Swiss Papal Guards. And even though the uniforms of the Swiss Guard are alleged to have been designed by Michelangelo, I had always believed it to be Michelangelo anyway.

Such bohemian flamboyance don't you think? The colours of the guard's uniforms are inspired from the Flag of the Swiss Guard.