A New Art Restoration Nightmare in Spain

The piece ruined in recent art restoration mishap

In Spain, where art restoration is largely unregulated, a few restoration attempts in the last decade have left artwork more than a little worse than when they began. If you haven’t seen these images yet, prepare yourself. You may struggle with balancing a desire to laugh with feelings of profound sadness.

The most recent restoration fiasco involves a copy of Murillo’s Baroque painting The Immaculate Conception of Los Venerables. The piece was taken to a furniture restorer for cleaning (already a bit of a red flag). The cleaner made two attempts to restore the painting, but, as you can see, it didn’t quite work out.

Failed art restoration
Two failed restoration attempts | Credit: The Guardian

But, unfortunately, this isn’t the first time art has been marred by these kinds of “restorations.” Here are a couple of the most famous unsuccessful attempts at art restorations in Spain:

Art Restoration Ecce Homo
2012 “Restoration” of Ecce Homo fresco by Elías García Martínez | Credit: Artnet News
2018 “Restoration” of St. George at Navarre statue | Credit: Artnet News

The Murillo mishap has led to renewed calls for Spain to start more carefully regulating the restoration of artwork. While the Murillo painting was in a private collection, both the Ecce Homo fresco and the St. George statue reside in Spanish churches.

Curious about how art restoration actually works? Check out this article.

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About the Author: Mara Blackwood

Mara Blackwood is the executive editor of RedDotBlog

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