There’s the appreciation of the art, and then you’re immersed in environments that allow you to live, breathe, and sleep that art. If you prefer the latter, you might want to choose a vacation where you stay in a rental based on the works of artistic figures such as Van Gogh, Monet, Kahlo and Michelangelo. Here are rentals around the world inspired by great works of art.
Immerse yourself in a Van Gogh painting in the South of France
You can visit Arles and walk in Vincent Van Gogh’s footsteps—the artist spent a year there creating some of his most famous works—but there’s one place in the city where you can truly immerse yourself in Van Gogh’s art. The Van Gogh Room is a room for rent in a mansion in Arles that has been decorated to resemble his work, The Bedroom at Arles, with the same art on the walls of the room depicted in the painting. There is even an easel in the room and access to a beautifully lit courtyard must be inspiring. While you’re there, take a walking tour of Van Gogh’s Arles, where he created around 300 paintings in around 15 months, and the Fondation Vincent Van Gogh Arles.
Enjoy a surreal Dali experience in Florida
Dali didn’t live in St. Petersburg, but the Florida city is home to the Salvador Dali Museum, the largest collection of his works in the world. Inspired by the painter and his works, Hello Dalí is a two-bedroom apartment dedicated to surrealism. The space is eclectic, with brightly colored fabrics and mixed patterns, and custom mosaics made from broken plates on the kitchen walls. Prints of Dali’s works fill the space, but there are other touches of the surrealist throughout, including a candle with his likeness and a sign that says “Hello Dali.”
Live like Frida Kahlo in Mexico
Baja California’s Valle de Guadalupe is widely regarded as one of Mexico’s best wine regions, full of vineyards and winery tasting rooms. In the valley, Casa Frida is an epicurean destination with wine and spirits tastings and three restaurants. On the property, there is a rental house dedicated to the property’s namesake, Frida Kahlo. A vibrant blue house full of recreations of Kahlo’s art, Casa Frida fully immerses you in the Mexico that the artist loved and depicted in her works. The three-bedroom house features many of the artist’s self-portraits.
Sleep where Monet slept in Normandy
The Blue House isn’t just in Giverny, the Normandy village that Claude Monet called home—it actually belonged to the artist himself, and became famous not only for its remarkable property, but also because it was painted by California Impressionist Guy Rose. With three bedrooms and large gardens that no doubt inspired Monet’s work, the historic Blue House is located in the busiest part of Giverny, but is still an oasis in the town, which has only 500 permanent residents. Even if you don’t want to sleep there, you can explore the gardens and the house that inspired some of the impressionist’s most famous works.
Experience Georgia O’Keeffe’s Santa Fe
A two-bedroom pueblo-style home in downtown Santa Fe, O’Keeffe Cottage isn’t just inspired by the artist—it actually shares the grounds with the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum. This cottage, however, has a unique story. The historic building was built in 1850 by Oliver Hovey, a Vermont printer who founded New Mexico’s first English-language newspaper, and the adobe and stucco building is filled with artwork by Santa Fe artist Anne Staveley.
Live like Michelangelo in Tuscany
Near Michelangelo’s birthplace in Caprese, Michelangelo is a house inspired by Il Divino himself. This three-bedroom home sleeps 10 and is filled with recreations of Michelangelo’s art, including a four-panel version of “The Creation of Adam” that hangs over the dining room table. Centrally located in Tuscany, Casa Michelangelo is close to Tuscan attractions such as Montepulciano, Perugia, Cortona, Piave and the Tuscan hot springs, and is about an hour from Siena and Florence.