Restore Chore Quite Poor
This art restoration project took place a couple of weeks ago at the the church of Santuario de Misericordia in Borja, Spain, when an elderly woman reportedly took it upon herself to repair a fresco by 19th century Spanish artist Elias Garcia Martinez.
Art collectors of ArtKabinett social network know that successful art restoration requires the knowledge of a craftsman, the science of a chemist, and the skills of an artist. Obviously, none of those attributes is evident here.
Our photo depicts an image of the pristine original work; the pre-restoration damages; and the poor revision.
Replacing nearly all of Martinez's original brushstrokes, the woman's reimagination of Christ went horribly awry when she turned the detailed figure into what appears to be a featureless monster.
The Independent reports that the amateur paint-job was discovered by the Centro de Estudios Borjanos, an archive of regional religious paintings in the same town as the church.
They had recently received a donation from the granddaughter of the original fresco artist, Martinez, and decided to send someone to photograph the "Ecce Homo," only to stumble upon the restoration nightmare.
The photograph above provided by The Telegraph shows how the painting appeared in 2010, with minimal white specks of paint missing from the fresco.
As the photographs above show, the painting was scrubbed into disrepair in July of this year, perhaps when the woman first decided the work needed refurbishment, and later painted beyond recognition.
Borja's culture councillor Juan Maria de Ojeda claims that the botched art repair was undertaken without permission, according to an article by El Pais.
Though the elderly restorer turned herself into authorities and made it clear that the project was begun with "good intentions," de Ojeda points out rather obviously that the "she had gotten out of hand."
The city council in Borja has contacted Martinez's family, who have volunteered to donate a sketch of the work by the artist. The council is now trying to determine the materials used in the improvised restoration, recruiting a professional restorer to assess the damage on Monday, according to El Pais.