Elderly woman ruins valuable artwork

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posted on Aug, 21 2012 @ 11:44 PM
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An elderly Italian woman appears to have destroyed a valuable artwork after she took it upon herself to 'restore' the crumbling painting.

The image, painted by 19th-century artist Elías García Martínez, had reportedly been deteriorating for some time.

The woman in her 80s, a neighbour of the church in which the fresco is located, attempted to restore the painting 'without permission but with good intentions'.

But a donation from the artist's granddaughter was about to fix that when the neighbour got in first to have a crack at fixing it up.

The results were not quite as she expected, however.

Once the budding artist realised she was in over her head, she confessed to local authorities.

A professional restorer is reportedly now set to assess the damage and see if the fresco can be saved.

I reckon she did a really good job, you can just see where she has touched it up slightly, but other than that, it's almost there
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posted on Aug, 21 2012 @ 11:54 PM
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LMAO.... Was she Helen Keller for cripe's sake??


That is too hilarious for words although I know it is prized artwork...it's still ridiculously funny to look at.

She made it look like "Derp". :shk:

But, seriously...



posted on Aug, 21 2012 @ 11:55 PM
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I can't quit looking at it!!!




I just can't....



posted on Aug, 21 2012 @ 11:56 PM
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I'm trying not to cry and laugh out loud in my office......................I want to bad



posted on Aug, 22 2012 @ 12:03 AM
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Originally posted by CaptainBeno
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I'm trying not to cry and laugh out loud in my office......................I want to bad


I am crying laughing still yet. I keep waiting for the husband to get up.
I swear...I don't know how long it's been since I laughed this hard at anything. I don't even know why it hit me like that either.




This is definitely going in my faves. lmao



posted on Aug, 22 2012 @ 12:04 AM
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I thought I would help her out a bit with a touch up.



There, that's better


The more I look at it the more I laugh!.......too much, just way too much.
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posted on Aug, 22 2012 @ 12:12 AM
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She took Jesus and turned him into a Russian Beet farmer on laundry day.


At 80..I'd be thinking about how she'll explain it to him in person...it won't be long. err... (brain freeze)..that picture...it just..grows on ya..like a fungus
edit on 22-8-2012 by Wrabbit2000 because: I don't eat 'em so whose surprised I didn't spell 'em? Poor Jesus...




posted on Aug, 22 2012 @ 12:15 AM
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I know, she got the beard "Just right" and everything!



posted on Aug, 22 2012 @ 12:17 AM
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Originally posted by CaptainBeno
I thought I would help her out a bit with a touch up.



There, that's better


The more I look at it the more I laugh!.......too much, just way too much.
edit on 22-8-2012 by CaptainBeno because: (no reason given)


Bwahahahaha!!! I actually think you made it look better!!


Everytime I look at it I think "Me Sad"....

I just noticed that she didn't bother to add the long hair back either!!
lmao. It's like a car wreck!

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posted on Aug, 22 2012 @ 12:31 AM
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Or the really important bits, like the crown of thorns?

I think she should stick to Kittens and knitting?



posted on Aug, 22 2012 @ 12:32 AM
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Originally posted by CaptainBeno
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Or the really important bits, like the crown of thorns?

I think she should stick to Kittens and knitting?


I can see it now....

If I can just fix his eyebrow nobody will ever be able to tell the difference!!!



posted on Aug, 22 2012 @ 12:33 AM
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A Russian beet farmer on laundry day...that's funny --at it appears to be fitting as well.

When I saw this the artist in me died a little bit. I mean, this is heart-breaking!

No matter what they do to salvage it, it'll be ruined. What a shame!

How can this woman take it upon herself to do something of this level? She obviously isn't connected to God --if she was, her conscience, which is our communication device with God, would have told her not to do this, or attempt to do this, and let someone else with more experience do it the right way --the way God wants it.

But I guess, since it happened, it is the way God wanted it in the end.

What a shame though.



posted on Aug, 22 2012 @ 12:41 AM
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It's still way too much, my sides hurt.

It looks like someone has gone out and intentionally taken the piss out of this painting.

Painting supplies list:

1. Brushes - Check!
2. Paint - Check!
3. Whiskey - Check!
4. Mind altering substances - Check!

This take Paint sniffing to a whole new level!
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posted on Aug, 22 2012 @ 12:46 AM
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Kinda looks like a teletubby...


Peace



posted on Aug, 22 2012 @ 12:48 AM
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You guys have me in giggle fits here and the whole fam damily is sound asleep....ssshhhh.

Like my kids would say..."You made me ink!!"

That poor artist is rolling in his grave, what's left of it.




posted on Aug, 22 2012 @ 12:49 AM
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Originally posted by CaptainBeno
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It's still way too much, my sides hurt.

It looks like someone has gone out and intentionally taken the piss out of this painting.

Painting supplies list:

1. Brushes - Check!
2. Paint - Check!
3. Whiskey - Check!
4. Mind altering substances - Check!

This take Paint sniffing to a whole new level!
edit on 22-8-2012 by CaptainBeno because: (no reason given)


I was being serious when I said I couldn't quit looking. I know I am sleep deprived and that usually gives me the giggles, but this just...tops the cake!


The pupils she so craftily "retouched" look as though the glue fumes spread throughout the room while she was getting her Picasso on!


I wonder how far she got into it before she had one of those "Oh Sh..." moments?



posted on Aug, 22 2012 @ 12:53 AM
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You are right! I was trying to think where I had seen her handy work before!!??






posted on Aug, 22 2012 @ 01:06 AM
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Originally posted by timetothink
You guys have me in giggle fits here and the whole fam damily is sound asleep....ssshhhh.

Like my kids would say..."You made me ink!!"

That poor artist is rolling in his grave, what's left of it.



NEMO! That was a good movie!!


That's what I told them earlier. My husband and daughter are in bed and I was in serious danger of waking them up reading/posting in this thread.
I don't think they would have thought it was as funny as I did had that happened.



posted on Aug, 22 2012 @ 01:19 AM
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This has to be a joke.

They should have hired to guy who restored the Sistine chapel.



Nailed it !!!






posted on Aug, 22 2012 @ 04:35 AM
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Does this remind anyone else of the original Mr. Bean movie where he completely ruins the valuable painting, then proceeds to try to correct it? It eventually ends up looking like this beautiful rendition






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