" ... The woman took her brush to it after years of deterioration due to moisture. Cultural officials said she had the best intentions and hoped it could be properly restored. ... [Giminez] claimed to have had the permission of the priest to carry out the job.Painting by Numbers template.
"(The) priest knew it! He did! How could you do something like that without permission? He knew it!"... [T]he delicate brush strokes of Elias Garcia Martinez have been buried under a haphazard splattering of paint. The once-dignified portrait now resembles a crayon sketch of a very hairy monkey in an ill-fitting tunic ...
Art historians are expected to meet at the church soon to discuss how to proceed. ...
The fresco is not thought to be very valuable, but has a high sentimental value for local people.
... [T]he local centre that works to preserve artworks had just received a donation from the painter's granddaughter which they had planned to use to restore the original fresco. .."
Now for an irreverent footnote: Cecilia's surname -- Gimenez -- is the modern spelling of Ximenes. Those familiar with the Spanish Inquisition may recall the name of Ximenes de Cisneros, a Cardinal who held strong views on matters of religious orthodoxy. Had Cecilia been around at the time of her namesake, might she have been burned at the stake for blasphemy?
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