A COMMENT ON NPR’S RTS & LIFE
Behold The ‘Potato Head’ Of Palencia Joins ‘Behold The Monkey!’ In The Hall Of Fame Of Spanish Notable Art Restorations
Another Botched Art Restoration A melted face with two round cavities standing in for eyes, a misshapen lump approximating a nose, and an agape maw of a mouth: The latest art “restoration” gone completely wrong in Spain. I think Anastasia enjoyed rubbing this in the face of Prado establishment and kicking up the dirt. I’d love to take her out to lunch for a chat. This is cultural anarchy with a full-on dose of the Chinese Plague.
As the blog post points out, repaintings… even poor quality repaintings are not totally uncommon. At one time, I remember in our art conservation lab, we had 4 or 5 in at one time. But understand clearly… any type of repainting, good quality or bad, is ethically abhorred by professional painting conservators, scholars, auction houses, art galleries, museum curators and directors and private collectors who prefer the “real thing.” Even this painting, which was ‘just’ the family heirloom of their grandmother were horrified when it came back from a 3 year restoration by a “qualified” immigrated Russian restorer who had worked at the Hermitage. She (the restorer) was naturally proud of her work and wanted full payment!
After restoration was, presumably, done because she (the restorer) couldn’t get the original painting clean enough to look good, so…