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12 May 2011 @ 12:09 pm
Home, sweet Rome  
Robert Burns has transformed his rented council home in Brighton into a stunning lookalike of the world-famous Sistine Chapel, drawing on his skills as a retired decorator he has spent the past eight years turning his £86-a-week property on the outskirts of the East Sussex town into an astonishing Renaissance-style masterpiece.

Exhibit A:

Inside his council flat, Robert Burns has created something that represents the Sistine Chapel 

But here's the good part:

The self-taught artist is not afraid of adding his own modern touches and in the hallway visitors are greeted by a portrait of Jesus with an uncanny resemblance to Russell Brand and a crown of thorns on his head.

Mr Burns said: 'That's no accident. I saw his photo in a newspaper and he was the spitting image of Christ, so I lifted it.

'It's maybe a bit irreverent, but Michaelangelo used real people as models for his angels, so I don't see any harm in it. In fact I wonder whether Russell might want to buy the picture, like a real Renaissance patron?

'I have huge respect for the old Italian masters, but I don't mind making a few changes here and there.
iddewes: russell brandiddewes on May 12th, 2011 08:05 pm (UTC)
hee hee...
A shame they don't have a photo of the Russell as Jesus painting though!

Edited at 2011-05-12 08:09 pm (UTC)