This piece by Elias Garcia Martinez is entitled “Ecce Homo” (Behold the Man), but many would prefer not to look after an artist “restored” the painting in Borja, Spain. Many are outraged at that artist — described only as an amateur artist in her 80s — for the effective destruction of the work from 1910.
The painting on a column in the Iglesia del Santuario de Misericordia had suffered from the elements, but the restored version has become a bitter joke for Spaniards. The town is considering suing over the botched job and the woman said that she had been restoring the painting for years and finally gave up. What is clear is that it is not a crime, but it is a sacrilege.
The town has brought in a team of experts to determine if the original can still be recovered, though expectations are low.
The good news is that police can release the first suspect rounded up after the discovery . . .