All is not well in the art world these days. In Spain, art conservation experts are demanding that laws covering restoration work need to be tightened. This happened after a copy of baroque artist Bartolomé Esteban Murillo’s Immaculate Conception was damaged.
“A private art collector in Valencia was reportedly charged €1,200 by a furniture restorer to have the picture of the Immaculate Conception cleaned,” according to The Guardian. “However, the job did not go as planned and the face of the Virgin Mary was left unrecognisable despite two attempts to restore it to its original state.”
A similar incident occurred eight years ago a parishioner’s attempt to restore a painting of the scourged Christ on the wall of a church on the outskirts of the north-eastern Spanish town of Borja made headlines around the world. It was dubbed Monkey Christ.
The Guardian reported that parallels have also been drawn with the botched restoration of a 16th-century polychrome statue of Saint George and the dragon in northern Spain that left the warrior saint resembling Tintin or a Playmobil figure.