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Elderly woman destroys 19th-century fresco with DIY restoration
The Telegraph ^ | August 22, 2012 | Amy Willis

Posted on 08/22/2012 9:48:26 AM PDT by beaversmom

Edited on 08/22/2012 11:20:23 AM PDT by Admin Moderator. [history]

Three separate photographs of “Ecce Homo” by painter Elias Garcia Martinez show extensive damage caused by an elderly woman who decided the masterpiece needed a little refurbishment.

But in a time of austerity, rather than calling in a professional to complete the job, the unnamed woman attempted to restore the mural herself – at a devastating cost.


(Excerpt) Read more at telegraph.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Arts/Photography; Humor
KEYWORDS: amemeisborn; art; desecration; eccehomo; eliasgarciamartinez; fingerpainting; fresco; godsgravesglyphs; painting; playnts; restoration; thereifixedit; vandalism
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I know this is sad, but I haven't laughed this hard in a long time...especially the last line of the article.
1 posted on 08/22/2012 9:48:29 AM PDT by beaversmom
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2 posted on 08/22/2012 9:50:39 AM PDT by beaversmom
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To: beaversmom

That’s Jerry Garcia.


3 posted on 08/22/2012 9:51:15 AM PDT by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: beaversmom

At least he’s smiling in the last one. :-)


4 posted on 08/22/2012 9:52:51 AM PDT by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: beaversmom

was this her property?


5 posted on 08/22/2012 9:55:29 AM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: beaversmom

AGH!!!

I know the woman meant well, but that is just..ruined. I wonder if there’s anyway the damage can be undone?


6 posted on 08/22/2012 9:56:21 AM PDT by DemforBush
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To: cuban leaf

lol. Why in the world would he be smiling? So the whole world will smile with him?


7 posted on 08/22/2012 9:56:35 AM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: beaversmom

Nice work, Granma.


8 posted on 08/22/2012 9:57:30 AM PDT by muleskinner
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To: beaversmom

9 posted on 08/22/2012 9:59:01 AM PDT by JRios1968 (I'm guttery and trashy, with a hint of lemon. - Laz)
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To: beaversmom
The amateur restorer said she had undertaken the project "with good intentions" but...

LMBO!!!
Spoken like a real scumbag liberal!

10 posted on 08/22/2012 10:00:12 AM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: GeronL

“So the whole world will smile with him?”

Well, didn’t he want to buy the world a Coke? Jerry, I mean.

I’m assuming this is satire. Either that or it was malice. Or the lady is insane, literally. Seriously. Look at it.


11 posted on 08/22/2012 10:00:48 AM PDT by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: beaversmom
You should read the comments on the site:

"Mr. Bean revisited."

"The mouth looks like my blow up doll."

12 posted on 08/22/2012 10:01:20 AM PDT by sportutegrl
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To: sportutegrl

LOL!


13 posted on 08/22/2012 10:02:04 AM PDT by beaversmom
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To: beaversmom
The superiority of the Impressionism movement is revealed therein.

"Picasso is my hero", she said.

14 posted on 08/22/2012 10:03:01 AM PDT by muleskinner
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To: beaversmom

I guess because I’m an art lover, especially old art, I just can’t find any humor in this. I always hate when old art is destroyed. And I don’t think this can be restored. I can’t imagine the horror the granddaughter of the artist felt. Yeah, the end product is pretty funny looking, but it’s like laughing when someone drops a fine piece of old china. Not really funny since it can never be replaced. But I know lots of people would say, hey it’s just stuff. I sort of wish I could feel that way, maybe it’s a healthier attitude.


15 posted on 08/22/2012 10:06:33 AM PDT by brytlea (An ounce of chocolate is worth a pound of cure)
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To: GeronL

Just because you’re currently being nailed to a cross doesn’t mean you gotta be all gloomy about it. Hang in there, baby!


16 posted on 08/22/2012 10:08:40 AM PDT by christx30 (Freedom above all.)
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To: beaversmom
This is what you get when you hire an amateur to do a job requiring a professional.

Picture 1. Pre Obama economy

Picture 2. Economy when Obama takes office

Picture 3. Obama economy 4 years later. A complete transformation, EPIC FAIL.

17 posted on 08/22/2012 10:11:35 AM PDT by faucetman ( Just the facts, ma'am, Just the facts)
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To: DemforBush

Professionals I am sure can repaint the piece, but its going to be costly. At this point its basically going to be a replication when its done.


18 posted on 08/22/2012 10:14:01 AM PDT by HamiltonJay
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My 6 year old said, “It kind of looks like it. She tried her best.”


19 posted on 08/22/2012 10:14:55 AM PDT by beaversmom
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To: beaversmom
Arrrrgg! Gut wrenching. My grandfather's paintings are on display in art museums throughout Spain. Several in my personal collection were beginning to deteriorate like the one in the article. Solution? Clean and preserve so that qualified technicians supported by major institutions can attempt restoration in future years.
20 posted on 08/22/2012 10:15:52 AM PDT by PowderMonkey (WILL WORK FOR AMMO)
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To: beaversmom

Hahahaha! OK, that made me literally LOLs.....


21 posted on 08/22/2012 10:17:06 AM PDT by CSM (Keeper of the Dave Ramsey Ping list. FReepmail me if you want your beeber stuned.)
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To: beaversmom

What the?? Is this a joke?


22 posted on 08/22/2012 10:17:20 AM PDT by GrandJediMasterYoda (Someday our schools we will teach the difference between "lose" and "loose")
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To: christx30

lol.

Who owned this thing and why was she allowed to do this?


23 posted on 08/22/2012 10:17:41 AM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: HamiltonJay

From the looks of the degradation in the earlier photos, it appears this is secco fresco, and not buon fresco. The repairs should be *relatively* easy by a competent restorer.


24 posted on 08/22/2012 10:18:54 AM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: Lancey Howard

You know I was wondering if she’s a lib. If you’ll notice it looks like a burka she painted on, trying to make Jesus look like a muzzie woman.


25 posted on 08/22/2012 10:20:13 AM PDT by GrandJediMasterYoda (Someday our schools we will teach the difference between "lose" and "loose")
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To: Lancey Howard

You know I was wondering if she’s a lib. If you’ll notice it looks like a burka she painted on, trying to make Jesus look like a muzzie woman.


26 posted on 08/22/2012 10:20:32 AM PDT by GrandJediMasterYoda (Someday our schools we will teach the difference between "lose" and "loose")
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To: christx30
Just because you’re currently being nailed to a cross doesn’t mean you gotta be all gloomy about it. Hang in there, baby!

"Always look on the bright side of life...."

27 posted on 08/22/2012 10:23:56 AM PDT by Northern Yankee (Where Liberty dwells, there is my Country. - Benjamin Franklin)
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To: beaversmom; WXRGina

I think everybody is being too hard on the old gal. It’s obvious she’s not finished.


28 posted on 08/22/2012 10:24:43 AM PDT by logitech (Who's here so vile, that will not love his country? If any speak, for him I have offended)
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To: logitech

You started me up all over again! I’m crying again.


29 posted on 08/22/2012 10:26:37 AM PDT by beaversmom
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To: beaversmom

I’m laughing so hard at the restored picture I can hardly see through the tears! It looks like a furry hobbit type creature!


30 posted on 08/22/2012 10:36:21 AM PDT by apillar
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To: apillar

I’m glad I’m not the only one!


31 posted on 08/22/2012 10:38:04 AM PDT by beaversmom
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To: beaversmom

How one person got away with this is testimony to the problems churches in Europe are facing. Nobody is going to church anymore, staff are limited and underfunded, and well gee whiz church treasures are vulnerable to neglect and destruction. This is a sad harbinger.


32 posted on 08/22/2012 10:38:32 AM PDT by BillyBonebrake
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To: beaversmom

Well, at least she has a can do attitude. Surely she’ll get better over time.


33 posted on 08/22/2012 10:47:00 AM PDT by WinMod70
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To: beaversmom

This sort of reminds me of an Antiques Roadshow episode where some guy brought in some fairly large piece of furniture (an armoire or secretary?) that he had refinished and was very proud of it. The problem was that his refinishing had cut the value of the piece IIRC tens of thousands of dollars.

Still I think this one takes the cake. Looks like the Sea Hag in an Eskimo hat.


34 posted on 08/22/2012 10:47:52 AM PDT by freedomlover
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To: beaversmom

A terrible tragedy. It would not be much worse if she had just covered it with graffiti.


35 posted on 08/22/2012 10:48:46 AM PDT by cvq3842 (Thanks for all responses, and flames, in advance.)
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To: beaversmom

“with good intentions”

This story is the perfect microcosm of the liberal voting populace. Then again, there ARE libs who actually intend to destroy the American way.


36 posted on 08/22/2012 11:01:14 AM PDT by Flightdeck (If you hear me yell "Eject, Eject, Eject!" the last two will be echos...)
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To: sportutegrl; onedoug; stylecouncilor

LOL


37 posted on 08/22/2012 11:22:25 AM PDT by windcliff
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To: beaversmom
I know this is sad, but I haven't laughed this hard in a long time...especially the last line of the article.

I laughed hard and loud, too, and I'm an artist! :-)

38 posted on 08/22/2012 11:44:15 AM PDT by WXRGina (Further up and further in!)
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To: beaversmom

Its Chia Pet Obama!


39 posted on 08/22/2012 11:47:47 AM PDT by Deb (If you wanna laugh everyday, follow Deepak Chopra on Twitter)
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To: freedomlover
Looks like the Sea Hag in an Eskimo hat.

I was thinking more along the lines of: "Alice the Goon with a nose job".

40 posted on 08/22/2012 11:48:16 AM PDT by Charles Martel (Endeavor to persevere...)
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To: beaversmom

Looks like that Rowlf dog from the Muppet Show.


41 posted on 08/22/2012 12:24:34 PM PDT by Sax
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To: beaversmom

42 posted on 08/22/2012 3:54:36 PM PDT by newzjunkey (Election night is 75 days away.)
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To: beaversmom; Revolting cat!; Slings and Arrows

Who does she think she is? Banksy?


43 posted on 08/22/2012 9:49:38 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (Only Obama put a dog on the roof of his mouth. Dogs are friends, not food.)
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To: JRios1968

Is that Janet Napolitano?


44 posted on 08/22/2012 9:57:21 PM PDT by Califreak (The tree is almost dead)
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To: beaversmom

The additional jelly roll on the bottom is a nice touch...


45 posted on 08/22/2012 10:12:41 PM PDT by decal (I'm not rude, I don't suffer fools is all.)
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To: beaversmom

And the eyes, they follow you everywhere now - mastery, I tell you.


46 posted on 08/22/2012 10:14:30 PM PDT by decal (I'm not rude, I don't suffer fools is all.)
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To: beaversmom
Maybe she's not finished yet.


47 posted on 08/22/2012 10:52:44 PM PDT by Daffynition (Our forefathers would be shooting by now.)
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To: a fool in paradise

48 posted on 08/22/2012 10:55:16 PM PDT by Daffynition (Our forefathers would be shooting by now.)
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To: beaversmom

She totally fixed it!


49 posted on 08/22/2012 10:57:37 PM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: Daffynition

You’ve got me started all over again. Why did you have to do that!


50 posted on 08/22/2012 11:00:38 PM PDT by beaversmom
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