Great Art Needs A Few Restoration Disasters
Thanks to an inadvertent iconoclast, a second-rate fresco is now a ‘masterpiece’.
The painting Ecce Homo (L) by 19th-century painter Elias Garcia Martinez, the painting in a damaged state (C) and the ‘restored’ version by a woman in Spain (R). Photograph: AFP/Getty Images
A woman said to be in her 80s in Borjanos in Spain took it upon herself to “restore” a fresco in the Sanctuary of Mercy church. The original painting is an Ecce Homo by Elias Garcia Martinez and dates from the 19th century.
While her work may not have been in the “accepted” style by art purists, her gallant good-natured efforts have led to overwhelming approval by the community.