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Restoration of church masterpiece goes horribly wrong

Left is the original, at right is the restoration.  Notice a difference?

Left is the original, at right is the restoration. Notice a difference?

The fresco Ecce Homo at a church in Spain went horribly wrong when an elderly pastor at the church wanted the deteriorating fresco restored.

The fresco was done 100 years ago by artist artist Elias Garcia Martinez. A granddaughter of Martinez donated a painting to the church, which prompted them to restore Martinez’s aging fresco.

A parishioner at the church by the name of Cecilia Giménez was asked to “spruce” things up.

The Center for Borja studies donated the funds for the restoration.

“The priest was aware … he knew,” she is quoted as saying in a report on Euronews.com. “Of course I did it because I was told to do it.”

“As unbelievable as it sounds, this is what remains of the work of an artist whose relatives still live in our city,” the Borja studies blog read.

“We don’t know if this indescribable act has a solution, but there is no doubt that someone should adopt strict measures so that there is not a repetition of acts like this, which despite its intentions, should be strongly condemned,” its blog says.

Giménez said her work was done in the open and nobody tried to stop her, according to Euronews.

“Everybody that came into the church saw me. I never tried to hide,” she is quoted as saying.

“Clearly, she has destroyed the painting,” Garcia’s granddaughter, Teresa Garcia, is quoted as saying.


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