Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Oh dear, oh dear

This sort of thing is why Father Smith always shot down parish improvement projects based on "sweat equity":
An elderly parishioner has stunned Spanish cultural officials with an alarming and unauthorised attempt to restore a prized Jesus Christ fresco.

Ecce Homo (Behold the Man) by Elias Garcia Martinez has held pride of place in the Sanctuary of Mercy Church near Zaragoza for more than 100 years.

The woman took her brush to it after years of deterioration due to moisture.

Cultural officials said she had the best intentions and hoped it could be properly restored.

Of course she did, bless her heart.

Unfortunately, this is what her best intentions have wrought:

I hope the picture can be saved, but the article does say that it's not a particularly valuable one. I hope another version of this article which states that the church is thinking of taking legal action against the old girl is not true. What good can it do? Catholic Europe is full of nondescript old religious paintings; if the church valued this one so much, it should have taken better care of it.


Blogger Priscilla said...

Perhaps she was just channeling her inner Pacaso

10:03 am  
Blogger Dr. Mabuse said...

My first thought was Picasso, too. Which tells you something, if an untrained lady in her 80s can produce something that would go in a gallery if Picasso's name was on it.

12:09 pm  
Blogger Priscilla said...

Monkey droppings would sell if that fraud's name was on it. (I guess you might guess I'm not a fan - or most 'modern art')

I was reading one of the blogs on my Google Reader this morning, and this post on "Lost Past Remembered" made me think of you, so I'm sending the link:

10:19 am  
Blogger Dr. Mabuse said...

Interesting recipe! And the site has some very intriguing links in the sidebar - thanks for pointing it out!

10:00 pm  

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