This nineteenth-century house was purchased in 1975 by the Irish artist O’Doherty and his wife Barbara for their holidays: they wished to enjoy their free time here, immersed in the green nature of Umbria. And then a sort of miracle happened: two years later, in 1977, inspired by the magical atmosphere of Todi, Brian started to paint the house, also to fulfill his wife's wishes. He transformed it into an extraordinary work of art. Over the years the "Painted House" has become something unique in the world, with all its walls frescoed by the artist and with a reproduction of the ancient Ogham alphabet, used in Ireland until the 7th century. This is the place, not only in physical sense, where the love of the spouses O'Doherty and their passion for Tody have found its utmost expression.
For many years, “The Painted House” has been opened to visitors and tourists only thanks to the good will of two extraordinary tour guides, Elisa Picchiotti and Luca Antonini. From August 3rd 2019, it will be possible to include the "Painted House" in the museum circuit of the city of Tody, making this fabulous work of art available to all.