Saturday, 25 August 2012

Whoops!

Ecce Homo (Behold the Man)

The illustration shows ‘Ecce Homo’ by Elίas Garcίa Martίnez in two forms. The image at the left shows the work as created by the artist over 100 years ago. The right-hand image shows it after an amateur artist, Cecilia Giménez, 80 years old, attempted to restore it.
Image courtesy of Wikipedia
The fresco was not considered artistically important, but it is considerably less highly regarded now. A BBC Europe correspondent said the painting had become 'a sketch of a very hairy monkey in an ill-fitting tunic.’

Let this be a warning to all – do not attempt restoration unless you really know what you’re doing;-)

You can read more about it here and see an interview with the lady who unwittingly destroyed a work of art:- (the video link may not work for all)

 

11 comments:

  1. On the contrary, I find this to be quite an improvement.

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  2. Oh dear - I felt really sorry for the poor woman ...

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  3. The one on the right looks like a bearded lady from a side show.

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  4. UH OH!!!

    Wonder what the original subject would say!!!

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  5. Yes, I saw this embarrassing restoration on CBC news. I hear they are looking into a further restoration. Stay tuned.

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  6. I'd say the amateur artist 'bit off more than he/she could chew.'

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  7. It's awful, I know, but I had to laugh when I saw it on the Beeb news.

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  8. I'm afraid I'm with Friko - sad (well, saddish - hardly a tragedy) but very funny too. And the old lady who 'restored' it was so indignant!

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  9. Oh my! What a fright that became.

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  10. Whoa, that's quite a change, and not in a good way!

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  11. Thanks for welcoming me back!

    I read about the eh 'restoration' last week. I can only imagine the shock on discovering what she'd done to it. Well intentioned I'm sure, but just awful.

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