Old lady ruins a treasured fresco

Old lady ruins a treasured fresco

Seriously, my kids could have done better.

Back in the 19th century an artist named Elías García Martínez  produced a religious fresco (as it seems far far too many had a tendency to do) that found its home in a small church in Spain where it sat, beloved by all but prone to the ravages of time. The fresco was deteriorating, and in dire need of restoration.  As luck would have it, a descendant of the original artist made a lovely donation to the Church for just that very reason. An 80-year-old neighbor and attendant of said church however had her own (really bad) ideas.Before experts could collect the fresco for assessment and repair, granny had managed to get to it first (without permission, mind you) and decided she was going to take care of it herself. The biggest problem? She was in way over her head and she was not an artist. Well, perhaps she could have done impressionistic work but that is besides the point. After ruining the entire fresco, the wanna-be, do-gooder realized she was in way over her head and turned herself into authorities.

Experts have the fresco now, and are determining now if the painting is even salvageable at all. My experience as an artist says there is a chance, although not a good one, given the condition of the paint under the "touch ups." I really can't say much else on this. The fail just wrote itself, but I have some added commentary.

How can you not realize you were in over your head until AFTER you had finished? Seriously, you should have been able to tell the moment you put down the first glob of incorrectly hued oil on J.C's face. This is why I'm a digital artist really. That is until some old lady comes to draw on my monitor; then we have a whole different set of issues.