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An elderly woman’s restoration attempt has ruined a 19th Century Fresco.
The one-of-a-kind 19th century fresco, entitled “Ecce Homo,” by the Spanish painter Elias Garcia Martinez has since been ruined.
The elderly woman is a member of the Santuario de Misericodia church in Borja, located in northeastern Spain. Her restoration attempt was discovered when the painter’s granddaughter donated the work to a religious paintings archive in Borja.
When center officials went to examine the work a couple weeks ago, they were all shocked to see how it now looked.
The last photo of the painting, prior to the damage, was taken in 2010, and showed the face of Jesus. The latest photo, taken in July, shows a painting with missing details.
The church and center have stated that the restoration attempt by the woman, who is in her 80s, was not one of malice, but rather she was just misguided.
Now both entities are attempting to assess the damage of the paiting and determine whether Martinez’s work can be restored.