There’s probably no need to tell the story of Santo Sospir. This villa in the South of France is where Jean Cocteau spent his summers from 1950 to 1961 as a guest of the socialite Francine Weisweiller, and where he “tattooed” the walls, as he himself described his frescoes on the walls of the house. It was frequented by artists such as Picasso and Matisse, who also lived in the area at the time, as well as great stylists like Pierre Cardin and Yves Saint Laurent (Francine Weisweiller was one of his muses), show business figures such as Romy Schneider and Alain Delon and entrepreneurs like the Agnellis. The villa, built during the Thirties, was acquired in 1948 by Francine’s husband Alec Weisweiller, who had survived the Nazi persecutions, as did his wife. The furnishing was entrusted to the eccentric interior decorator Madeleine Castaing, famous for her ability to mix styles, combining Italian and Javanese furniture, ceramic and rattan objects, ancient and exotic fabrics. Cocteau frescoed the walls, room by room, inspired by erotic fantasies involving tattooed sailors and dreamy youths in the sunny Cote d’Azur landscape, which he associated with Ancient Greece and its mythology.