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    Default Helpful Old Lady Ruins 200-Year-Old Portrait



    Jesus Christ has never looked so ... hairy.


    An octogenarian woman living in Borja, Spain, was appalled to discover that a 200-year-old fresco of Jesus Christ taken from a 16th century hospice had fallen into disrepair. Being the helpful sort, she took it upon herself to "restore" the painting, despite having little, or indeed no, experience in art restoration.


    The results speak for itself. What was once a dignified portrait of the Lamb of God, now more closely resembles a crayon sketch of a mildly obese howler monkey in a dress. Of course, judging the image in its current state is somewhat unfair, as it isn't anywhere near finished. At some point, it became apparent to the amateur painter that she was way out of her league, and she contacted the local cultural heritage institution to inform them of the changes she'd made.


    The painting, by 19th-century artist, Elias Garcia Martinez, was worth little, even before its impromptu restoration, but it apparently held a great deal of sentimental value for locals. It was donated to the Centro de Estudios Borjanos by Martinez's granddaughter only a few weeks previously.


    While western culture isn't exactly hurting for paintings of Jesus performing his trademark head tilt, it's always tragic when art is lost, be it to war, theft, decay or, in this case, excess helpfulness.
    Source: The Escapist

    This had me in stitches, people where staring.
    "Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn"


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    First thing that popped into my head.

    That's what she said.

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    How do you decide to restore something if you have no skill in doing it which is required?

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    Quote Originally Posted by TBlaar View Post
    How do you decide to restore something if you have no skill in doing it which is required?
    Octogenarian means she is between 80 & 89 so i think its save to assume rational thought was not applied.
    "Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn"


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    Not bad for an 80 year old! LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by OmegaFenix View Post
    Octogenarian means she is between 80 & 89 so i think its save to assume rational thought was not applied.
    Haha, yeah. I hope when I'm that age, I don't try and better the technology of that age
    Last edited by TBlaar; 24-09-2012 at 08:54 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheAvenged87 View Post
    First thing that popped into my head.

    Damn, that was exactly what I was planning to post

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    Am I the only one that thinks it looks a lot more creative now? It used to be just another Jesus painting, now it's something very original.

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