Even in this modern world, full of Photoshop, CGI and Instagram filters, not everyone can call themselves an artist, according tomedia CNET. When amateurs try to restore traditional fame, problems often arise. The latest “viral” art prank comes from Valencia, Spain. The Guardian reports that a private art collector has restored a painting of the Virgin Mary from Bartolom? Esteban Murillo – with disastrous results.
According to the Guardian, the collector hired a furniture restorer to do the job– — clearly not the right choice. Two separate attempts to make the once-stunning painting of the Virgin Mary look more like the result of the paint and smear party.
“A Spanish collector was terrified after his Murillo paintings were cleaned and retouched by a ‘furniture restorer’,” one Twitter user quipped. “But why are you using someone, because you know there are plumbers, dental technicians and forestry workers crying and shouting to do this kind of work?” “
This isn’t the first attempt by someone in Spain to restore classic art, but with very different results. Back in 2012, a Spanish woman named Cecilia Gimenez spontaneously repainted a Christian mural called “Ecce Homo”. The resulting before and after photos were heavily retweeted, making the town a tourist attraction and creating a meme called “Jesus of potatoes”.
And in 2018 – also in Spain – a 16th-century statue of St. George’s wood has been restored to look more like a “faceless” Nicolas Cage, or perhaps Woody in Toy Story.
The BBC notes that There is no law in Spain prohibiting people from restoring works of art, citing a statement from the country’s Association of Professional Restorers and Protectors, calling the latest incident an “act of sabotage.”
But one Twitter user suggested that the classic-cartooned image might be in the right place for a difficult year, writing: “Spain’s botched art restoration (Murillo’s “Esquelia’s Quiet Ness” feels like 2020. “