What’s your best guess: Was the artist Michelangelo wealthy?
Well, defying all things I thought I knew, he was incredibly rich.
I mean, who knew?
Is it possible that the myth of the “starving artist” is not true?
It almost seems like he knew about stealth wealth.
In the end, Professor Hatfield uncovered a fortune worth roughly $ 47 million today, making Michelangelo the richest artist of the Renaissance. And to this day, this is a story that surprises us. We are accustomed to a certain story about artists, one that says they are barely getting by. But Michelangelo did not suffer or starve for his work. A multimillionaire and successful entrepreneur, he was in the words of one journalist a “pivotal figure in the transition of creative geniuses from people regarded, and paid, as craftsmen to people accorded a different level of treatment and compensation.” In other words, the master sculptor and painter wasn’t just some art school dropout struggling for his art. He was a rainmaker.
-Jeff Goins, Real Artists Don’t Starve