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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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