Lessons in Radical Art Restoration: What Not to Do 101

by Hrag Vartanian on August 21, 2012

In what can only be described as an art conservation nightmare, a 19th C. church fresco in the town of Borja, Spain, by painter Elías García Martínez has been radically “restored” by an octogenarian neighbor, “who, noticing the damage to the painting, took it upon herself to restore the painting ‘with good intentions’ but ‘without asking permission,’ as culture councillor Juan Maria de Ojeda put it. It became clear to the amateur restorer — quickly, one imagines — that ‘she had gotten out of hand,’ and she confessed to local authorities.”

I particularly like how the crown of thorns has transformed into a fur hood, which seems a lot more reasonable for a fashion forward son of God. Why visually produce pain, when you can create a halo of comfort and luxury? The image of Jesus, which has no clearly articulated mouth, is obviously speechless on the matter — or is that surprise?

h/t Gawker

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  • disqus_aCoTdw1Typ

    i know it’s supposed to be bad, but i like what he did WAY better than a faithful restoration.

  • amazing

  • Philip Hartigan

    Future Grand Rapids Art Prize winner?

  • Now the eyes follow you.

  • whistler’s mother was first …

  • CC

    I’ve seen a better jesus on a piece of toast!

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