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Somebody Pulled A ‘Not My Job’ On This 1923 Statue During Its Restoration
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Art, Fails1 year ago

Somebody Pulled A ‘Not My Job’ On This 1923 Statue During Its Restoration

When it’s starting to feel like nothing could surprise us anymore, someone always pulls it off by doing another one of those awful art restorations. At this point, I refuse to believe that they’re not, in fact, doing all of this on purpose.

Recently, a new botched art restoration appeared on a 20th-century building in the city of Palencia, Spain. The restored statue used to depict a smiling woman, and now, according to some people, it looks more like a person with a “potato head.”

The botched restoration started gaining a lot of attention after a local artist posted some photos capturing it on Facebook

Image credits: Antonio Capel Artista

The botched restoration started gaining a lot of attention after a local painter, Antonio Guzmán Capel, shared a few pictures capturing it on Facebook. In his post, the artist pointed out how this new restoration makes the sculpture look like a cartoon character.

Image credits: Antonio Capel Artista

“I’m sure whoever did it got paid for it,” the artist wrote in his Facebook post. “But the bigger crime was committed by the person who commissioned it and then tried to carry on as though nothing was wrong.”

Some say the statue now looks like a person with a “potato head”

Image credits: Antonio Capel Artista

Botched restorations are nothing new—the internet has already seen plenty of them. You may recall one of the most well-known works that is often referred to as “Monkey Christ.” The restoration was performed back in 2012 in Borja, Spain, but for some reason, it’s still cracking people up.

Probably the most famous botched art restoration is this one, also known as “Monkey Christ”

Image credits: cea +

Another famous attempt to restore an art piece also happened in Spain, and this time, someone tried to “rehabilitate” a 500-year-old sculpture of St. George.

Some thought that the attempt to restore a 500-year-old sculpture of St. George made him look more like Tintin

Image credits: ArtUs Restauración Patrimonio

And let’s not forget about this one from Colombia that happened back in 2018. Apparently, a wooden statue of San Antonio de Padua needed a restoration since the colors were almost faded out. After the attempt to restore it, San Antonio looked as if he was wearing makeup.

After this attempt, San Antonio and baby Jesus looked almost as if they were wearing makeup

Image credits: Juan Duque / Arte y restauración

Another well-known art restoration fail was of the 15th-century wooden statue depicting the Virgin and Child with St Anne. Apparently, the statue had already been restored 15 years earlier, but a local resident obtained permission from the priest to freshen it up a bit. “They’ve used the kind of industrial enamel paint they sell for painting anything and absolutely garish and absurd colors,” a visitor of the shrine told the Guardian. “The result is just staggering. You don’t know whether to laugh or cry.”

“You don’t know whether to laugh or cry”

Image credits: Coisas da Net

Here’s what people on Facebook are saying about the most recent restoration fail

What do you think about the attempt to restore the sculpture decorating a 20th-century building in the city of Palencia? Tell us down in the comments!

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Aleksandra Elias
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1 year ago

If you draw like 5-yo, there's a career in Spain for you obviously

Doubleheader
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1 year ago

[Pablo Picasso has entered the chat]

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Kisses4Katie
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1 year ago

I came for Monkey Jesus and was not disappointed

Susan Trevaskis-Owen
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1 year ago

To be fair, the person who "restored" the Monkey Christ was *not* a professional restorer, and did *not* have authority/permission to make changes to the artwork.

Tabitha L
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1 year ago

Really? I didn't know that. How did someone get access to the painting, and why??

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Aleksandra Elias
Community Member
1 year ago

If you draw like 5-yo, there's a career in Spain for you obviously

Doubleheader
Community Member
1 year ago

[Pablo Picasso has entered the chat]

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Kisses4Katie
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1 year ago

I came for Monkey Jesus and was not disappointed

Susan Trevaskis-Owen
Community Member
1 year ago

To be fair, the person who "restored" the Monkey Christ was *not* a professional restorer, and did *not* have authority/permission to make changes to the artwork.

Tabitha L
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1 year ago

Really? I didn't know that. How did someone get access to the painting, and why??

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