If you like religious art, LOOK AWAY.
The leftmost image is how the painting looked two years ago; the middle image is how it looked in July, when it was photographed for a catalog of regional religious art. The image on right is how it looked when the Centro went to check it out on August 6th after receiving the donation. Hmm.
The restored version is apparently the work of an octogenarian neighbor of the church, who, noticing the damage to the painting, took it upon herself to restore the painting "with good intentions" but "without asking permission," as culture councillor Juan Maria de Ojeda put it. It became clear to the amateur restorer — quickly, one imagines — that "she had gotten out of hand," and she confessed to local authorities.
The bad news - it was the only image by the 19th century artist in that town. And the donation to restore it came from the artist's granddaughter.
The family is considering a lawsuit.
H/t to The Crescat. Who has seen worse. As I have shown her:
|Noted blogger The Orthometer expressing his dismay at the bad art - Homo Erectus - found on the back wall of St. Joseph Church in Santa Ana, California. Here's hoping the new Bishop of Orange orders it to be painted over.|