Thursday, August 23, 2012

DIYer destroys spanish fresco

The following story is how even good intentions can have disastrous consequences.

According to an article in The Telegraph, a 19th century fresco in a Spanish church has been drastically altered when an elderly patron tried to restore it:
A woman in her 80s, upset at the worsening state of an image she loved to gaze on, took it upon herself to restore the artwork to its former glory, but with devastating results....

The amateur restorer had completed her transformation of the masterpiece without anyone noticing and the "restoration" was only discovered when descendants of the artist made a donation towards its upkeep and an expert was sent out to examine the fresco.

The transformation of the painting is shown below- from first a 2010 photograph (far left), then another one taken in July 2012 when it is believed the elderly woman scrubbed it to remove peeling paint (middle), to an August 2012 photo showing the woman's complete "restoration."

image source: The Telegraph
This example is exactly why one cannot always take matters into their own hands.  Experts need to be consulted, and work approved, before trying a project of this caliber on something that does not belong to you.

The matter is now being investigated by Spanish authorities and experts consulted on the best way to try to save the destroyed painting.

You can read the rest of The Telegraph's article "19th century church frescoe destroyed by rogue DIY pensioner" here.

3 comments:

  1. What a nightmare. She completely destroyed it.

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  2. Omg that is awful! Such a waste and it looks so bad!

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  3. My husband showed me this yesterday- as an art historian and an artist it make me want to weep. I wonder how no one noticed her painting it until that much damage had been done . . .

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