BARCELONA – A fresco by 19th century Spanish painter has been butchered beyond repair and the precious painting is now lost forever.
NDJ World | Published: Aug 22 2012 Lifestyle
The ‘Ecce Homo‘ painting by Elias Garcia Martinez began to show signs of aging. The fresco was peeling badly and the paint was fading away.
An elderly lady in the town of Borja, Spain, where the fresco is situated, noticed the poor condition of the painting and decided to restore it herself.
With brush and paint in hand but without proper painting and restoration skills, the woman began to fill in the gaps of missing and chipped paint.
The end result is a ‘butchered’ wall fresco that, once considered priceless, is now nothing more than a worthless piece of art.
The disaster came to light when Martinez’ grand-daughter donated the fresco to the Centro de Estudios Borjanos, which archives regional religious paintings.
Experts at the center wanted to see their newest addition which is painted on a wall in the Sanctuario de Misericordia church and were stunned to find the fresco did not nearly match an earlier photo of the portrait.
The elderly woman, who caused the loss and total destruction of a precious artwork, insists she had nothing but the best intentions at heart when she began her ‘restoration’ project.
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