The works of these master-artists command staggering sums – but you can get your hands on their houses for slightly more modest prices. From a sprawling Tuscan villa to a romantic castle, these artists’ homes even starred in some of their works…
Michelangelo’s Chianti villa
10 bedrooms; €7.5m via Handsome Properties International
Michelangelo bought this sprawling Tuscan villa in 1549, when he was working on designs for St Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican, and while it doesn’t come with any of his frescoes, it does come with the original deeds signed by the man himself.
The artist’s 10-bedroom home has undergone a top-to-toe restoration and features brick vaulted rooms with original stone fireplaces, tall ceilings – and even the original kitchen from the Sistine Chapel-painter’s time as custodian.
Rubens’ Flanders castle
33 rooms; POA via Engel & Völkers
Baroque master Pieter Paul Rubens lived in this medieval castle in Belgium’s Elewijt from 1635 until his death in 1640. Dubbed ‘Het Steen’ for its white stone façade, the 33-room, moated castle was the artist’s home after he married his 16-year-old bride and it even starred in several of his landscape paintings.
Rubens redesigned the castle in a Flemish Renaissance style but it has changed quite considerably since his time. It fell into disrepair in the 19th century and has been extensively restored by its present owners, whose family acquired it in 1954. Castles don’t come cheap though – in addition to its €4m price tag, the agent warns it costs around €100,000 per year in maintenance. Still, Rubens’ painting Lot and His Daughters fetched a whopping $58.1m at auction back in 2016…
Constable’s London townhouse
4 bedrooms; £4m via Savills
They say an Englishman’s home is his castle, though John Constable’s Hampstead pile is considerably more modest than his artistic forefathers. Dating back to the early 19th-century, the London townhouse is Grade II*-listed and retains many original Georgian features from the landscape painter’s time as resident, including mouldings, sash windows and tall ceilings.
Constable produced a significant body of work during his time living at 40 Well Walk, including a series of cloud studies painted at nearby Hampstead Heath.
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