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Old 08-21-12, 07:39 PM
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Old lady doesn't ask permission to restore painting, resulting in hilarity

http://gawker.com/5936665/heres-what...-nearby-church

We admire people who have can-do, elbow-grease-type attitudes. If something's broke, why not fix it? Especially badly-damaged artwork. How hard can it be to just pick up a paintbrush and fix a fresco? Well, as it turns out — and as an elderly Spanish woman learned recently: pretty hard.

A couple of weeks ago, the Centro de Estudios Borjanos in Borja, Spain, received a donation from the granddaughter of 19th-century painter Elías García Martínez. At the time, the Centro knew of only one painting by Martínez in Borja — Ecce Homo, a fresco on the walls of the church of Santuario de Misericordia.

That's it above. The leftmost image is how the painting looked two years ago; the middle image is how it looked in July, when it was photographed for a catalog of regional religious art. The image on right is how it looked when the Centro went to check it out on August 6th after receiving the donation. Hmm.

The restored version is apparently the work of an octogenarian neighbor of the church, who, noticing the damage to the painting, took it upon herself to restore the painting "with good intentions" but "without asking permission," as culture councillor Juan Maria de Ojeda put it. It became clear to the amateur restorer — quickly, one imagines — that "she had gotten out of hand," and she confessed to local authorities.

Not a... great job. But a great effort!


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One of the funniest things I've seen on here in awhile.

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Jesus was a retard who wore a padded helmet?

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I love how 'nu jesus' is staring at the viewer as if to say in a teeth clinched lips crinkled way, 'please...kill me."
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I wonder if this is the same artist?

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I love how 'nu jesus' is staring at the viewer as if to say in a teeth clinched lips crinkled way, 'please...kill me."
Kind of like Ripley in Resurrection....
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First thing I thought of:

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He looks like an Eskimo in the last one.
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I wonder if this is the same artist?

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Its good enough. And she put a scroll at the bottom to frame it right nice.
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The last painting is bad enough. But, the first 2 pictures are only 2 years apart. Why treat an old painting that badly in the first place. Thats a lot of damage/deterioration in 2 years time.
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Yeah, it looks like someone was using it as a mousepad for two years.
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well it was a fresco, maybe there was water damage to the wall from a leak or something... but yeah its pretty bad for 2 years.
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Am I the only one who is still cracking up at this?

I love it!

Also, I would love to own it now. Before, it was just another sad Jesus painting. Meant nothing. Now it has character and a fantastic story. I would SO display this in my home.
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well it was a fresco, maybe there was water damage to the wall from a leak or something... but yeah its pretty bad for 2 years.
Yep - UK Daily Mail says it had deteriorated due to moisture in the church.
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Reminds me of this:

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Am I the only one who is still cracking up at this?

I love it!

Also, I would love to own it now. Before, it was just another sad Jesus painting. Meant nothing. Now it has character and a fantastic story. I would SO display this in my home.
You can own these avy's:



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Does she do taxidermy too?

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I went to add that as my avatar then realized this bloody place makes you pay to have an Avatar..forgot about that...like that will happen!

Great avatar though!
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Its good enough. And she put a scroll at the bottom to frame it right nice.
...or Eskimo Jesus put his arm through a gift wrap tube and is pretending to be a cyborg.
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Looks like she was going for Korean Jesus and just failed.
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Now it's not so much ECCE, but plenty of HOMO.
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They don't think this is so funny on the Conservator's forum.
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