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(Gawker)   Elderly woman takes it upon herself to restore a church's 19th century fresco. Hilarity ensues   (gawker.com) divider line 18
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2012-08-22 10:11:48 AM
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tafka: Art geek here trying hard not to hyperventilate!

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At this point the best thing to do would be to make a slide out of the original good photo, project it onto a wall, and start entirely over with new fresco. There are plenty with the technical skills to do so.

In the meantime, let the lady keep horribly disfigured acid-splashed Christ for her own bedroom to haunt her dying days.
2012-08-22 03:25:13 PM
1 votes:
I like the extra detail this well-intentioned fool threw in, when she drew in the bottom scroll curled the other way. She totally missed the way the painting was shaped.
2012-08-22 11:30:30 AM
1 votes:
My SiL is an art restorer and even she got a kick out of this story. I'm sure once the laughter subsided she took a more sobering look at the images.

/She mentioned on FB that this story whipped right through the NY Met staff in like 3 minutes
2012-08-22 10:08:17 AM
1 votes:

propasaurus: Bless her heart.


Came here to say this.

The old girl probably feeds stray cats too.
2012-08-22 09:33:42 AM
1 votes:
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2012-08-22 08:39:54 AM
1 votes:

FishStampede: Also, I cannot look at that picture without getting a bad case of the giggles. That thing is hilarious. Terrible she destroyed a work of art, but the result is like a real life Mr. Bean gag.


We should take up a collection and buy that thing.
2012-08-22 08:38:16 AM
1 votes:
Also, I cannot look at that picture without getting a bad case of the giggles. That thing is hilarious. Terrible she destroyed a work of art, but the result is like a real life Mr. Bean gag.
2012-08-22 08:36:21 AM
1 votes:

DrBenway: SockMonkeyHolocaust: Really, whoever was storing it was destroying it far more effectively than this old woman ever could. In two years it went from almost 100% to big pieces flaked off. It wasn't being taken care of anyway, might as well make Happy Tree Time with it.

That was the big mystery for me, too. How the hell did it deteriorate like that in only two years?


It looks like the deterioration was likely her fault too. She saw it looked bad and then started trying to "fix" it herself, probably by cleaning it with something caustic. So then she realizes that isn't working and decides to paint it back.
2012-08-22 08:27:38 AM
1 votes:
Was too light skinned to look like Jesus to start with
2012-08-22 08:15:40 AM
1 votes:
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Aslan, NOOOOOOOOO!!!
2012-08-22 08:05:38 AM
1 votes:

oryx: Cool, She changed the style from classical to impressionism.


Also, the subject was changed from Jesus to a Muppet.
2012-08-22 08:02:56 AM
1 votes:
Cool, She changed the style from classical to impressionism.
2012-08-22 07:52:05 AM
1 votes:
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2012-08-22 07:45:08 AM
1 votes:
Luckily there is no shortage of Jesus frescos
2012-08-22 07:43:44 AM
1 votes:

DrBenway: SockMonkeyHolocaust: Really, whoever was storing it was destroying it far more effectively than this old woman ever could. In two years it went from almost 100% to big pieces flaked off. It wasn't being taken care of anyway, might as well make Happy Tree Time with it.

That was the big mystery for me, too. How the hell did it deteriorate like that in only two years?


The environmental conditions may have changed. I work with books and manuscripts stored in environmentally controlled stacks. There are thermohygrographs monitoring the humidity. There's low light and the room is kept at a cool temperature. The gallery attached to my library has similar controls. A fresco in a public building undergoes a great deal of environmental stress and over time chemical in the paint and the plaster can leach out, causing damage. This can be exacerbated by moving a heater underneath it, or keeping a window open, for example or just the relentless march of time.
2012-08-22 07:30:06 AM
1 votes:

SockMonkeyHolocaust: Really, whoever was storing it was destroying it far more effectively than this old woman ever could. In two years it went from almost 100% to big pieces flaked off. It wasn't being taken care of anyway, might as well make Happy Tree Time with it.


Yeah, I was thinking about that too. Seems like it was pretty far gone by the time the old woman got to it- far worse than should happen in just two years.
2012-08-22 07:24:07 AM
1 votes:
Really, whoever was storing it was destroying it far more effectively than this old woman ever could. In two years it went from almost 100% to big pieces flaked off. It wasn't being taken care of anyway, might as well make Happy Tree Time with it.
2012-08-22 06:56:32 AM
1 votes:

Yogimus: I don't see what the issue is... that looks exactly like a piece of toast.


Yeah, but "Father, Son and Holy Toast" is generally taken to be a misprint.
 
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