Brighton: Man Paints Entire House In Style Of Sistine Chapel

13 May 2015, 19:44 | Updated: 14 May 2015, 10:27

A man from Brighton has become a media sensation after painting his entire house in the style of the Sistine Chapel.

Robert Burns has decorated every room in his council house in Coldean with images inspired by the Vatican City in Italy, even though he's never been there.

The former decorator was inspired when he bought a book on the Sistine Chapel at a car boot sale in Lewes. He has since bought many more, which he uses as the basis for much of his work.


But he also references the 21st century in his paintings; he has painted a number of modern-day celebrities in the Renaissance style.

The 67-year-old says hasn't had any art lessons before and says he first bought a set of paintbrushes when he was 53.

It took him twelve years to complete, which is three times longer than it took Michelangelo to do the original.


He told Heart his wife, Linda, encouraged him to decorate every room in the 17th century images, but his children are fairly indifferent.

Robert also said now he's finished, he would like to try decorating someone else's house, but he recognises that 15th and 16th century art isn't to everyone's tastes, with many preferring the 'Ikea-vision of the world'. 

Check out our gallery of his home below!