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Take Virtual Tours of American Artists’ Homes

The castle-like exterior of the Elisabet Ney Museum in Austin, Texas
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Thanks to online tours, you can see famous works of art on display without stepping out of your door. Now, you can also view American artists’ homes with more virtual tour options.

Multiple famous artists’ dwellings and studios now have online virtual tours thanks to the caretakers who preserve them. From the farmhouse of American impressionist Julian Alden Weir to the ornated and tiled estate of Henry Chapman Mercer, art enthusiasts or those looking to learn more about prolific American artists and their lives will relish the opportunity to visit these sites without having to travel throughout the country.

But Elisabet Ney’s home is perhaps the most extravagant of the available online tours. Ney, a sculptor, created an entire limestone castle in the southern city of Austin, Texas. The building originally existed as her studio but has since been converted into a museum that honors her work. While the outside is impressive, the interior is filled to the brim with Ney’s lifelike and sizable sculptures. Within the tour, museum curator Oliver Franklin walks viewers through the former studio turned museum in an exploration of the artist’s life and work.

If you want to see more tours, you can visit Smithsonian Magazine for the full roundup.

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