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 Post subject: Art Restoration Gone Very Wrong
PostPosted: Wed Aug 22, 2012 5:34 pm 
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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-19349921

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...The woman, in her 80s, was reportedly upset at the way the fresco had deteriorated and took it on herself to "restore" the image.

BBC Europe correspondent Christian Fraser says the delicate brush strokes of Elias Garcia Martinez have been buried under a haphazard splattering of paint.

The once-dignified portrait now resembles a crayon sketch of a very hairy monkey in an ill-fitting tunic, he says.

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 Post subject: Re: Art Restoration Gone Very Wrong
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How is this even possible? I actually kind of like the restored version ... if it had been the original.

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starrynight87 wrote:
why is this allowed?!


I'm pretty sure it wasn't. She was just like "That painting is deteriorating too much. I'm going to restore it myself!" and started painting over it.


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 Post subject: Re: Art Restoration Gone Very Wrong
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This made me laugh until I cried I was okay until I read the very hairy monkey thing. But it's totally not funny. Okay, it is.


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 Post subject: Re: Art Restoration Gone Very Wrong
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I want a print of that.


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 Post subject: Re: Art Restoration Gone Very Wrong
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This made me laugh until I cried I was okay until I read the very hairy monkey thing. But it's totally not funny. Okay, it is.


Yeah, it's pretty funny.

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I kind of love it. But then I'm not too into the preciousness of art.

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 22, 2012 9:31 pm 
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I also think it's hilarious. I mean, the "restored" painting is just inherently funny.

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 Post subject: Re: Art Restoration Gone Very Wrong
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I am enjoying the restored version more than the original.

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I am also a fan of the hairy monkey!

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 Post subject: Re: Art Restoration Gone Very Wrong
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I just realised what this story reminded me of!




I wonder if she had an "oh shiitake..." moment when she realised that it had diverged significantly from its original look.

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 Post subject: Re: Art Restoration Gone Very Wrong
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This makes the artist in me cringe and sputter.

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 Post subject: Re: Art Restoration Gone Very Wrong
PostPosted: Thu Aug 23, 2012 8:50 am 
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I think it's forking brilliant. Pictures of ol' jebus are ten-a-penny, how often do you see a picture of bigfoot in a sardine tin? Not often enough, I tell you. Give that woman an exhibition.

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 Post subject: Re: Art Restoration Gone Very Wrong
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hahahaha

That thing is going to haunt my dreams tonight.


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 Post subject: Re: Art Restoration Gone Very Wrong
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The woman appears to have realised she was out of her depth and contacted Juan Maria Ojeda, the city councillor in charge of cultural affairs.

At what point did she stop saying to herself, yeah, this looks like Jesus because she got pretty far with the hairy monkey with the blurry stuck-out tongue before realizing this. I'm going to assume one's eyesight gets REALLY BAD in their eighties now.

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 Post subject: Re: Art Restoration Gone Very Wrong
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When will this be a print I can frame and hang on my dorm room wall?


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 Post subject: Re: Art Restoration Gone Very Wrong
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oh god. that is too funny. i mean, on a scale of defacing art, where 10 is the taliban blowing up ancient buddha statues, and hilarious is an 80 year old trying to restore a centuries old fresco.


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 Post subject: Re: Art Restoration Gone Very Wrong
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I think I'm addicted to this thread, this is the funniest thing I've ever seen. Not just the hairy monkey but I keep imagining the horrified faces of people who are involved.

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 Post subject: Re: Art Restoration Gone Very Wrong
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When will this be a print I can frame and hang on my dorm room wall?

Yes, I would so buy this!

I keep thinking about this and giggling at inappropriate times. Today I spent several minutes trying to explain to my mother why I was laughing, and ended up having to send her a link because I just could not adequately describe hairy Jesus monkey.


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 Post subject: Re: Art Restoration Gone Very Wrong
PostPosted: Thu Aug 23, 2012 4:58 pm 
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i feel bad for the old woman. i keep imagining my great-grandma trying to patch a hole in my favorite sweater and somehow shredding the whole thing, and her finally having to come to me all filled with guilt and shame over her would-be good deed gone horribly wrong. i would laugh about that, too, but later, after i had made grandma some tea.

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 Post subject: Re: Art Restoration Gone Very Wrong
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this is on the news on abc right now! aw.

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