Damaged Art: Sometimes the best thing to do isnothing at all!
By Kelly Rose Almeida, Guest Blogger
Botched art restorations have happened through out the worldin private and public collections. A very public examplehappened this summer, when an 80 year old woman named Cecilia Giménezattempted to fix a fresco of her favorite depiction of Christ in a local church in Spain.She was so disturbed by its state of disrepair she thought she would lend a helpinghand and reapply a layer of paint and stucco to replicate the beauty she onceremembered. Sadly, she was not professionally trained, and the fresco was damagedalmost beyond repair. Although Cecilia Giménez attempted to reestablish the frescoin hopes of it looking like the artist
original portrait, sometimes the best intentionshave to worst consequences, especially when it comes to art. Sorrowfully, this is not an isolated case. CLICK HERE
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The three vers
ions of the “ecce homo” fresco of Jesus. From left, the original version by Elías
García Martínez, a 19th-century painter; a deteriorated version of the fresco; the restoredversion by Cecilia Giménez, complements of the New York Times.
In Santa Barbara, Fine Art Conservation Laboratories,which does painting
conservation for clients all over the USA, receives paintings that have been workedon by owners who wanted to see their favorite artwork repaired, but were illequipped to do it right. A recent botched job was a very nice and expensive
painting of a landscape that had several tears in the canvas. The owner tried topatch up these rips using spare pieces of fabric
, animal glue, and painter’s tape.
However, once the patches were applied to the back of the canvas, the surroundingcanvas began to expand and contract at a different speed than the patched area,