Amateur art restoration goes awry in Spain

Aug 24, 2012, 07:30 IST | Agencies

Ever take on a do-it-yourself project that quickly got out of hand? One elderly woman in Borja, northeastern Spain, did just that when she undertook a voluntary restoration of a 19th-century Spanish fresco depicting Christ that went horribly wrong.

The woman was a parishioner at the Sanctuary of Mercy Church, where the painting has been displayed for more than 100 years.

Wrong strokes: The image bears no resemblance to Jesus after the woman ‘repaired’ it. Pic/AFP

Upset about its deterioration, the well-intentioned octogenarian applied her own talents, replacing the masterful portrait of Jesus, titled ‘Ecce Homo’ (Behold the Man), with a crudely rendered apeman.

She notified Spanish cultural officials when she realised she was out of her depth.

Expert restorers are expected to come to the church’s aid next week once they’ve met with the woman to determine what materials she used. The painting’s value is mainly sentimental.

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