An art collector in
Valencia, Spain reportedly
hired a furniture restorer.
to come over to clean up
his copy of Bartolomé Esteban Murillo’s
“The Immaculate Conception of Los Venerables”.
The original piece was painted in 1678 and is an interpretation of two important biblical events:
the Immaculate Conception and the Assumption.
The furniture restorer
charged the art collector
almost $1,400 for the job.
It appears all went according
to plan until the restorer
got to the Virgin Mary’s face.
which is now completely unrecognizable.
While Twitter had a
field day making memes
out of it, art experts are livid.
Fernando Carrera, a professor at the Galician School for the Conservation and Restoration of Cultural Heritage.
told the Guardian there should be stricter laws in place determining who can restore priceless works of art