Thursday, August 23, 2012

Art Restoration Gone Cartoonishly Wrong

Over the years you've probably seen dozens of fawning news items about various painstaking efforts to restore Renaissance-era paintings and frescoes in Italy and elsewhere in Europe.

I'm always impressed by this work. But the fact that every such endeavor is presented with pride as a resounding success has made me wonder about about the inevitable errors we're not being shown.  Surely there must've been a few grievous disasters here and there.

Well, today CNN beings us news of one HERE  from Spain. This article juxtaposes a photo of the original masterpiece (depicting Jesus Christ wearing a crown of thorns) against the 'restored' fresco, which looks to me like a Shrinky Dink of Edvard Munch's "The Scream."

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