As someone who has no artistic ability when it comes to painting, well, I can make some pretty cool stick figures. But, when it comes to painting, even on group paint nights, it is obvious that I should consider other things to do with my time. I guess I also didn't realize that I could, even with my artistic ability restore art in Spain because for as bad as I am, I'm pretty sure I could do a better job that the people that have botched some very important pieces of art as of late.
Maybe you remember the botched restoration of the Ecce Homo by Elias Garcia Martinez eight years ago. When a member of the parish had tried to restore the fresco on the wall of the church? No? Let me provide you with a reminder of the attempt:
We now have a new attempt at restoring a famous painting of the Immaculate Conception done by Bartolome Esteban Murillo. This attempt, unlike the above restoration, was done by someone claiming to actually be able to clean the painter. Unfortunately, he was a furniture restorer and not a restorer of fine art. You can judge for yourself.
While the result in each of these restorations are visibly laughable, the loss of the paintings is significant and sad. True conservation experts in Spain are now calling for some sort of regulation to prevent these botched attempts at restoration. Apparently just about anyone can do restoration work as there are no regulations or requirements at this time in Spain. Some of this would seem to be common sense - why would you want a furniture restorer to work on a famous painting? But it appears common sense is not enough, and Spain must work on providing regulations surrounding restoration of their art work. Preferably before anything more masterpieces are ruined.