Spanish conservationists irked by latest botched restoration | AP entertainment

Lawrence Kim
June 30, 2018

An undated handout picture made available by the Association of Conservators and Restorers of Spain, shows the sculpture of Saint George after its restoration at the church of Estella in Navarra, Spain, issued June 27, 2018.

Cultural officials have blasted the botched attempt as "frightening".

"This is an expert job it should have been done by experts", he told The Guardian.

The parish priest in the northern town of Estella simply wanted the sculpture to be cleaned and did not intend for it to be restored, Spanish news agency Efe reported.

"It shows a frightening lack of training of the kind required for this sort of job", ACRE said.

The move has enraged local officials who are demanding to know why they were not informed of the church's plans.

The restoration was carried out "without control or professionalism" by a local crafts business, the director of the regional heritage service, Carlos Martinez Alava, told AFP.

'They've used plaster and the wrong kind of paint and it's possible that the original layers of paint have been lost'. "This is an expert job, it should have been done by experts", he said.

Karmacolor posted a since-deleted video of the "restoration" on Facebook, and commenters expressed shock.

The mayor was reportedly livid, tweeting that: "Today Estella doesn't make news for its spectacular historical, artistic, architectural or cultural heritage, but because of miserable actions performed on a 16th-century St George statue that is in one of the most imposing religious temples of the city".

The association's website lists other "well-intentioned mistakes", including a fresco restoration in 2012 that went viral after it transformed a century-old depiction of Christ into an image resembling a monkey.

After being criticized by art experts and internationally on social media talking about her "homemade restoration" of "Ecce Homo" by the Spanish painter Elias Garcia Martinez, the region turned it to their advantage.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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