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Amateur Artist Messes Up Century-Old Artwork
Posted: 23 August 2012 01:03 AM   [ Ignore ]
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I can paint that! Wait, no I can’t! Amateur artist messes up century-old artwork

Would you think to match your home-grown painting skills against a classical artist? Probably not, but that’s just what a well-intentioned woman in her 80s did recently in Spain.

The three photos above tell the tale. The image on the left is the original work, a century-old oil painting of Christ called “Ecce Homo (Behold the Man)” that was painted on a column inside a church near Zaragoza, Spain, by artist Elias Garcia Martinez.

Over the years, the work began to deteriorate, as shown in the second image. According to the Centre de Estudios Borjanos, the unnamed amateur artist (without permission from the church, needless to say) thought she could improve the work and set to work with paints and brushes. The third picture is the result.

The BBC reports that the woman realized her mistake and contacted Juan Maria Ojeda, a city council member in charge of cultural affairs for the area. “I think she had good intentions,” Ojeda told the BBC.

A team of art restoration experts is reportedly examining the painting, will quiz the woman on what materials she used in her attempt, and will figure out how best to proceed.

“If we can’t fix it, we will probably cover the wall with a photo of the painting,” Ojeda told the BBC.

The BBC Europe correspondent described the painting’s current state as resembling “a crayon sketch of a very hairy monkey in an ill-fitting tunic.”

While Martinez’s work was not considered especially valuable, the BBC reports that the painter’s granddaughter had just donated a sum of money to restore the peeling image. Apparently the helpful would-be artist took it upon herself to get involved without knowing that, but if she had just waited, the work would have been fixed properly.

Before and after picture at the link.

And I love the line by the BBC Europe correspondent. LOL

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Posted: 23 August 2012 10:01 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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From the Guardian -

The unnamed amateur has transformed what was once a pleasant, if unremarkable, Ecce Homo into something that more closely resembles a bloated hedgehog than the image of Jesus before Pilate.

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Posted: 23 August 2012 10:29 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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PaintShop!!1!!

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Posted: 23 August 2012 01:11 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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Yeah.. I saw that.. Have to wonder just what the heck she was thinking. I’m betting granny has never picked up a brush before, and probably is as blind as a bat.

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Posted: 23 August 2012 01:25 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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Churchgoer Cecilia Giménez decided she would try to renovate it. The trouble was she wasn’t quite up to the job.

“The priest was aware…he knew,” she insisted. “Of course I did it because I was told to do it… “

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And elsewere there were reactions too:

“Geraldine Hamtil Cassidy wrote, “Look, nobody knows what Jesus really looked like. Maybe her rendition is more accurate…”


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Posted: 23 August 2012 08:50 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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Robin Bobcat - 23 August 2012 01:11 PM

Yeah.. I saw that.. Have to wonder just what the heck she was thinking. I’m betting granny has never picked up a brush before, and probably is as blind as a bat.

I’m betting granny has lost a few marbles.

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Posted: 27 August 2012 06:01 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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Locals are petitioning for the “artwork” to remain as is…
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Posted: 28 August 2012 10:47 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]
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Leave it to the interwebz to make something out of this.

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Posted: 21 September 2012 07:48 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 8 ]
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And now she wants money for her work!

http://www.cbc.ca/news/offbeat/story/2012/09/20/fresco-jesus-botched-lawyers.html

Woman who botched Spanish fresco of Jesus wants royalties
30,000 visitors have flocked to see Behold the Monkey

A Spanish woman whose botched restoration of a century-old fresco of Jesus became an international laughingstock now wants a slice of the revenues the work is generating, as thousands of tourists are drawn to the church.
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Posted: 21 September 2012 08:46 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 9 ]
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His Facebook profile pic

And his photo on his id-card

(as is going round on facebook here in Spain)

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Posted: 26 September 2012 07:40 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 10 ]
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And now you can buy souvenirs(in USA)

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Posted: 04 October 2012 05:52 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 11 ]
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Ok, now she really make some claims…

“Ruined Spanish Fresco Monkey Jesus” is 2012’s hot Halloween costume


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