Great artists have to live somewhere.
For famed Rennaisance painter Michelangelo, it was this bucolic farmhouse in rural Tuscany.
Best known for his paintings in the Sistine Chapel, Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni (1475 – 1564) purchased this property in the year 1549. After his death, the home remained in his family until 1867.
The current owner is responsible for restoring the building and holds copies of the original documents and deed to the home.
This stone structure dates back to the 11th century.
It has been for sale for several years and is still trying to attract the right buyer.
That elusive buyer will also be gifted the original deed signed by Michelangelo himself!
Alas, all this prestige comes at a price: it is listed for the equivalent of around $8 million USD.
The property includes a stone courtyard, manicured lawns, a grove of 200 olive trees, and an old mill-turned guesthouse.
Come, let’s look inside the main house…
Original features of the home include the wood-beamed ceilings, several grand fireplaces, and a brick barrel-vaulted ceiling in one of the living rooms.
The dwelling has 10 bedrooms and 7 bathrooms in 9,687 square feet.
Michelangelo is said to be the greatest of the Italian Renaissance artists. He was born in the small village of Caprese on March 6, 1475. He grew up in Florence and became an artist’s apprentice at the young age of 13.
Though undoubtedly changed since Michelangelo’s time here, it still retains a rustic, old-world feel.
And here is that original brick barrel-vaulted ceiling:
The masterful restoration of this property is admirable.
Hopefully, someone with the right combination of money and appreciation of art, history, and architecture comes along to ensure this place continues to be so wonderfully loved and cared for.