Famous Painting of Virgin Mary Botched After Attempted Art Restoration

Remember when a nun botched a painting of Jesus with a bad restoration job? Well, the painting would pair perfectly with the latest; a horrendous restoration of a Virgin Mary painting.

An art collector in Spain paid a furniture restorer to restore a copy of the 17th century painting 'The Immaculate Conception of Los Venerables' which depicts the Virgin Mary gazing up at the heavens. The collector was shocked at the first restoration attempt, which left Mary looking more like a baked potato with eyes.

But the second attempt by the furniture restorer turned out no better than the first...

“I don’t think this guy – or these people – should be referred to as restorers,” Fernando Carrera, former president of Spain’s Professional Association of Restorers and Conservators said. “Let’s be honest: They’re bodgers who botch things up. They destroy things.”

The botched restoration job was so bad that Conservation experts in Spain are now asking for legislation regarding art restoration, according to The Daily Mail.

"We cannot tolerate more attacks on our cultural heritage," ACRE said in a statement after the restoration attempt. "It shows a frightening lack of training of the kind required for this sort of job."

Read the full report on USA Today.

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