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Spanish fresco restoration botched by amateur
BBC ^ | August 22, 2012

Posted on 08/22/2012 1:49:28 PM PDT by NYer


Elias Garcia Martinez's Ecce Homo (left) and the "restoration"

An elderly parishioner has stunned Spanish cultural officials with an alarming and unauthorised attempt to restore a prized Jesus Christ fresco.

Ecce Homo (Behold the Man) by Elias Garcia Martinez has held pride of place in the Sanctuary of Mercy Church near Zaragoza for more than 100 years.

The woman took her brush to it after years of deterioration due to moisture.

Cultural officials said she had the best intentions and hoped it could be properly restored.Donation

The woman, in her 80s, was reportedly upset at the way the fresco had deteriorated and took it on herself to "restore" the image.

BBC Europe correspondent Christian Fraser says the delicate brush strokes of Elias Garcia Martinez have been buried under a haphazard splattering of paint.

The once-dignified portrait now resembles a crayon sketch of a very hairy monkey in an ill-fitting tunic, he says.

The woman appears to have realised she was out of her depth and contacted Juan Maria Ojeda, the city councillor in charge of cultural affairs.

Art historians are expected to meet at the church soon to discuss how to proceed.

Mr Ojeda said: "I think she had good intentions. Next week she will meet with a repairer and explain what kind of materials she used.

"If we can't fix it, we will probably cover the wall with a photo of the painting."

The fresco is not thought to be very valuable, but has a high sentimental value for local people.

Our correspondent says that to make matters worse, the local centre that works to preserve artworks had just received a donation from the painter's granddaughter which they had planned to use to restore the original fresco.

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TOPICS: Catholic; Current Events; History; Religion & Culture
KEYWORDS: art; catholic; christian; christianity; europeanunion; fresco; godsgravesglyphs; moorslayer; reconquest; spain

1 posted on 08/22/2012 1:49:31 PM PDT by NYer
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To: netmilsmom; thefrankbaum; Tax-chick; GregB; saradippity; Berlin_Freeper; Litany; SumProVita; ...

Ping!


2 posted on 08/22/2012 1:50:43 PM PDT by NYer (Without justice, what else is the State but a great band of robbers? - St. Augustine)
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To: NYer

Lol... It’s Mrs. Bean.


3 posted on 08/22/2012 1:52:57 PM PDT by Psycho_Bunny (OWS = The Great American Snivel War)
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To: NYer

I wouldn’t have known that a member of the West Wing was visiting that church.

After all, botching things is their life, their dream, and their only talent.


4 posted on 08/22/2012 1:57:03 PM PDT by Da Coyote
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To: NYer; verga

This is like letting 0bama and the democrats run the economy.


5 posted on 08/22/2012 1:57:20 PM PDT by FatherofFive (Islam is evil and must be eradicated)
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To: NYer

But he had union seniority. He was the right man for the job. The EU
required it


6 posted on 08/22/2012 1:57:34 PM PDT by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: NYer

This HAD to have been done with an Obama stimulus grant.


7 posted on 08/22/2012 1:57:46 PM PDT by The KG9 Kid (Semper Fi)
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To: NYer
Mr Ojeda said: "I think she had good intentions.

... the kind that the road to hell is paved with.

8 posted on 08/22/2012 1:59:25 PM PDT by Lurking Libertarian (Non sub homine, sed sub Deo et lege)
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To: NYer

Spanish cultural officials...any Islamic members?


9 posted on 08/22/2012 2:02:06 PM PDT by donna (The fruits of Feminism: Angry fathers, bitter mothers, fat kids and political correctness.)
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To: NYer; nickcarraway

Looks like Ally Oop. Will ping, must travel.


10 posted on 08/22/2012 2:04:39 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: NYer
Buon fresco (also called, "good" or "true" fresco), consists of a painting in which the pigments are mixed in with the wet plaster of the wall. As such the pigments become part of the wall and wouldn't flake like the photos show in this case...buon fresco can easily endure centuries, and in some cases millenia without significant deterioration.

I would venture a guess that the painting in question was a secco fresco which is paint applied to already dried plaster. It is nowhere near as durable and typically will exhibit the kind of flaking seen here. The upside is, in relative terms, it should be easier to restore.

11 posted on 08/22/2012 2:07:12 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: SunkenCiv

“Looks like Ally Oop.”

Or Alley Oops!


12 posted on 08/22/2012 2:11:38 PM PDT by Stormdog (A rifle transforms one from subject to Citizen)
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To: NYer

Kinda looks like a Picasso.


13 posted on 08/22/2012 2:16:22 PM PDT by nomad
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To: NYer
The woman appears to have realised she was out of her depth

Possibly a little late.

14 posted on 08/22/2012 2:27:52 PM PDT by SIDENET ("If that's your best, your best won't do." -Dee Snider)
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To: Joe 6-pack

Wow, you never cease to amaze!


15 posted on 08/22/2012 2:28:10 PM PDT by brytlea (An ounce of chocolate is worth a pound of cure)
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To: nomad
Kinda looks like a Picasso.

I get the urge to do a similar fix with Picasso's paintings. Hmm, a little flesh tone, a little brown and presto! the eyes are now properly separated by a nose.

16 posted on 08/22/2012 2:31:26 PM PDT by KarlInOhio (Recycled Olympic tagline Shut up, Bob Costas. Shut up! Shut up! Shut up! Shut up! Shut up! Shut up!)
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To: brytlea
"Wow, you never cease to amaze!"

The things one learns from botching a few restorations of my own :-)

17 posted on 08/22/2012 2:33:22 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: NYer

Out of her depth! A ten year old could have done better!


18 posted on 08/22/2012 2:37:47 PM PDT by Melian ("Where will wants not, a way opens.")
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To: NYer
I think that the mouth could've been done a little better.

I'm just saying.

19 posted on 08/22/2012 2:39:19 PM PDT by SIDENET ("If that's your best, your best won't do." -Dee Snider)
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To: SIDENET
I think that the mouth could've been done a little better.

One commenter said it reminded him of his blow up doll.

20 posted on 08/22/2012 2:49:58 PM PDT by sportutegrl
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To: SIDENET

You’d think she would have noodled that out after her first brush stroke...


21 posted on 08/22/2012 2:53:05 PM PDT by Axenolith (Government blows, and that which governs least, blows least...)
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To: NYer

She must’ve worked fast. I’d think someone would have noticed her working on it.


22 posted on 08/22/2012 3:01:14 PM PDT by PLMerite (Shut the Beyotch Down! Burn, baby, burn!)
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To: NYer

23 posted on 08/22/2012 3:07:29 PM PDT by fishtank (The denial of original sin is the root of liberalism.)
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To: NYer

Must have started out as a tattoo artist.

24 posted on 08/22/2012 3:16:15 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: SIDENET
The woman appears to have realised she was out of her depth

Possibly a little late.

Yeah if you look at the picture she covered every square inch. At what point did she say "Oh, Sh*t". She must have had one of those fully automatic brushes with an oversized paint magazine.

25 posted on 08/22/2012 3:20:11 PM PDT by Starstruck (Only the wealthy and the poor can afford socialism)
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To: Joe 6-pack

I bow to the master. Have done furniture but would be terrified to try to restore a painting. All of those go out to professionals.


26 posted on 08/22/2012 3:20:59 PM PDT by brytlea (An ounce of chocolate is worth a pound of cure)
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To: SIDENET

Heck, I have an ink stamp of some lips I think that would be better.


27 posted on 08/22/2012 3:22:17 PM PDT by brytlea (An ounce of chocolate is worth a pound of cure)
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To: NYer

Wait - which one was Before and which one was After, again?


28 posted on 08/22/2012 3:26:48 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: NYer

She plagiarized the image of Christ that was on my toast this morning! (Unfortunately I ate it.)


29 posted on 08/22/2012 3:34:15 PM PDT by Moltke ("I am Dr. Sonderborg," he said, "and I don't want any nonsense.")
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To: NYer

I’ve seen better frescos from three year olds.


30 posted on 08/22/2012 3:36:33 PM PDT by Yardstick
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To: NYer

Old reproduction before the effects of time seen on newer photos.

People!

As a general proposition: do not restore old objects without professional advice. Do not "clean up" paintings with chemically active solutions. Do not take a wire brush to an old gun. Do not stain or varnish old wood. If you feel tempted, try a small patch where it won't be a huge loss losing. Do not overpaint no matter what level of fidelity to original you think you can render. An old object made to look like new loses all its value. Consult with a museum before any restoration project, on anything older than 50 years.

31 posted on 08/22/2012 5:31:14 PM PDT by annalex (fear them not)
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 GGG managers are SunkenCiv, StayAt HomeMother & Ernest_at_the_Beach
Thanks NYer.

Just adding to the catalog, not sending a general distribution.

To all -- please ping me to other topics which are appropriate for the GGG list.


32 posted on 08/22/2012 5:49:52 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: annalex

I never had seen such a resemblance of Barbara Streisand before.


33 posted on 08/22/2012 6:37:57 PM PDT by Cvengr (Adversity in life and death is inevitable. Thru faith in Christ, stress is optional.)
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To: NYer

My heart goes out to the woman who meant well. It so easily can seem to curse her till the day she dies and will obviously present a tribulation to her which she has to overcome through faith in Christ.


34 posted on 08/22/2012 6:44:50 PM PDT by Cvengr (Adversity in life and death is inevitable. Thru faith in Christ, stress is optional.)
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To: Joe 6-pack

The ‘restoration’ is so different than the original.

Consider the eyes.

Was this the painting beneath the original or do think this is painted on top of the original.

It doesn’t seem consistent with simply blotting out faded paint, but really looks closer to a rendering of a face being seen by the artist.


35 posted on 08/22/2012 6:49:27 PM PDT by Cvengr (Adversity in life and death is inevitable. Thru faith in Christ, stress is optional.)
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To: Cvengr
Givenn the flaking of the original, I would guess the old lady most likely scraped off the remainder of the loose paint, then improvised with the face. Depending on the type of paint the old lady used, a good restorer ought to be able to easily differentiate between the remaining original paint and the newly applied layers.

She may have added a little extra work for a good restorer, but I don't think it's anything that can't be brought back to pretty much it's original appearance.

36 posted on 08/22/2012 7:00:23 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: NYer

Looks like a Howler Monkey in a Nightgown. :-(


37 posted on 08/22/2012 7:11:00 PM PDT by HP8753 (Live Free!!!! .............or don't.)
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To: Cvengr
LOL, really?


38 posted on 08/22/2012 7:35:29 PM PDT by annalex (fear them not)
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To: NYer

But seriously, who in a position of authority believed it was a good idea to let an 80-something (and probably senile) little old lady try to restore an historic work of art ?

I don’t even try to change my own oil, for crying out loud!


39 posted on 08/23/2012 1:08:57 AM PDT by PLMerite (Shut the Beyotch Down! Burn, baby, burn!)
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To: FatherofFive

YOU WIN the funniest post on this thread award.


40 posted on 08/23/2012 9:52:54 AM PDT by a real Sheila (RYAN/romney 2012)
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To: The KG9 Kid

This HAD to have been done with an Obama stimulus grant.

Probably >1 million.


41 posted on 08/23/2012 9:54:04 AM PDT by a real Sheila (RYAN/romney 2012)
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To: NYer

Franco Harris

After the immaculate reception.


42 posted on 08/23/2012 11:56:56 AM PDT by Palio di Siena
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