A church in Spain is facing some criticism after it unveiled a “restored” version of a famous 16th-century wooden sculpture depicting St. George.
Spain’s art conservation association (ACRE) released a statement bluntly saying, “We cannot tolerate more attacks on our cultural heritage. It shows a frightening lack of training of the kind required for this sort of job.”
The St George sculpture before… and after ?
— BBC News (World) (@BBCWorld) June 27, 2018
Evidently, the church wasn’t even looking to have it restored, they just wanted it cleaned and things just sort of got carried away. The mayor of the town where the historic church is located told The Guardian: “They’ve used plaster and the wrong kind of paint and it’s possible that the original layers of paint have been lost. This is an expert job it should have been done by experts.”
To be fair, we’ve seen worse:
it is toward our own demise that we ever forget fresco monkey jesus. pic.twitter.com/YZjS7KYsIQ
— Darren Ewing (@sadknob) June 23, 2018
Here are a few more images of the “restoration”:
— Gizmodo (@Gizmodo) June 26, 2018
— The Independent (@Independent) June 27, 2018
— CNN International (@cnni) June 27, 2018