The old church ladies strike again: Spanish fresco ruined
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It looks like an Onion article, but alas, it's all too real.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-19349921

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Quote: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.
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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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#2
What a pity, but the poor woman is up in age and she did have the best of intentions. However, she knew she didn't know what she was doing, so she shouldn't have bothered.
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#3
*face palm
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#4
How would sge be punished unser medeival rule, Majesty?
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(08-22-2012, 02:26 PM)Mithrandylan Wrote: How would sge be punished unser medeival rule, Majesty?

The bishop would likely hold the right to have her flogged in public, if it were interpreted as desecration of art in a consecrated church. But, considering this is an old woman after all, it would probably be commuted to something less severe. Maybe an afternoon in the stocks.
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#6
Epic fail.
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#7
This is an example of 90% intentions and 10% ability.
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(08-22-2012, 03:02 PM)winoblue1 Wrote: This is an example of 90% intentions and 10% ability.

Funny line and I hope it's true. But, she painted too perfect a hominid for me to dismiss this as pure folly on the part of an 80 year old.

Why did she mess with the eyes, nose and mouth? All she had to do was touch up the area around the ear on the left of his face. And a few spots around the beard below the mouth.

For all we know she is taking the fall for a group who employed a Picasso enthusiast to deface the Icon and make a statement for Evolution against Church Doctrine.

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(08-22-2012, 02:32 PM)The_Harlequin_King Wrote:
(08-22-2012, 02:26 PM)Mithrandylan Wrote: How would sge be punished unser medeival rule, Majesty?

The bishop would likely hold the right to have her flogged in public, if it were interpreted as desecration of art in a consecrated church. But, considering this is an old woman after all, it would probably be commuted to something less severe. Maybe an afternoon in the stocks.

Do you actually think a medieval bishop would have gone that far? If she brought it to the authorities' attention herself? And it was judged her intentions were not towards desecration?

The stocks sounds awful for an octagenarian, even if only for a few hours.
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(08-22-2012, 02:01 PM)The_Harlequin_King Wrote: It looks like an Onion article, but alas, it's all too real.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-19349921

[Image: _62428391_frescopic.gif]

Quote: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.

:shame: :doh:  That is just...........awful.
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