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Yet Another Spanish Baroque Painting Has Been Ruined by a Botched Restoration Attempt

Not just one attempt. But two.
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It's truly amazing how many of the art pieces we see today have endured all the destruction throughout history. But, what's even more amazing is the fact that a single amateur restoration job is all it takes to ruin them.

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Everyone knows about how parishioner Cecilia Giménez left a fresco of Jesus Christ at the Santuario de la Misericordia in Borja, Spain worse for wear. We present to you below, however, the latest botched job that has left the art world shaking its head.

What do you get when a private art collector in Spain pays €1,200 (approximately P68,000) to have an oil painting replica by Baroque artist Bartolomé Esteban Murillo restored by a furniture restorer?

A disaster.

And, it's a disaster in two parts because another restoration attempt leaves the painting fully unrecognizable.

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Seeing as this isn't the country's first botched restoration attempt, restorers and conservators from the Asociación de Conservadores Restauradores de España (ACRE) have called for strict regulations on restoration projects.

"This lack of regulation translates into an absence of protection of our heritage," said ACRE. "In recent years, conservation-restoration professionals have been forced to emigrate or leave their professions due to a lack of opportunities."

The whole thing sounds like a Mr. Bean skit—because it's oddly similar to one. If you remember, Rowan Atkinson's silent buffoon did the same thing in 1997's Bean. Watch the clip here.

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