In a city steeped in artistic heritage, a piece of history just changed hands — and under the radar, to boot.
Michelangelo’s childhood home, a relic from the Italian Renaissance, quietly transitioned to new owners near Florence, Italy.
While the villa exchanged hands in a hush-hush deal brokered by Building Heritage, the exact sale price remains shrouded in mystery, negotiated down from its initial asking price of around $8.8 million.
Nestled in the upper hills of Settignano, this historic villa witnessed the early years of the artistic genius Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni.
Here, centuries ago, the young prodigy honed his craft, evolving from an eager apprentice to a revered sculptor and painter.
From this very villa emerged timeless masterpieces like the towering marble sculpture of David and the heart-rending Pietà, showcasing Mary’s tender embrace of Jesus post-crucifixion.
Michelangelo, to this day, is still celebrated for his awe-inspiring frescoes adorning the Sistine Chapel’s ceiling in Vatican City.
The villa, a multilevel marvel, sprawls over 9,700 square feet.