Restoration amateur ruins fresco in Borja
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This is how Christ was depicted originally... and this, as he looks now, after a DIY restoration. The much-loved fresco has been a feature in this church in Borja for more than a century. But the years have taken their toll, as these pictures show. Unhappy at the state of the painting, a local worshipper set to work with a paintbrush but has denied doing it without permission. No, of course not, everybody could see me as I was painting, so I wasn't doing it secretly. But the family of the original artist say the work is now ruined. Until now, she was just painting the tunic, but the problem started when she began painting the head too. She's destroyed the painting. Art experts say the nineteenth-century fresco by Elias García Martínez was popular locally, but not particularly valuable. Much less so now. I have to confess, when I saw this illustrated in the paper, I burst out laughing. It's an amusing tragedy. She's made a horrible mess of it. If a five-year-old child had done it, it couldn't be worse, and of course, you know, nobody's going to be devoted to it now, are they? Local officials have now called in the professionals to try to undo this amateur restorer's handiwork. TIm Reid, BBC news.
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