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Tue Jun 26, 2018, 05:11 PM

Spanish 16th c. St. George Statue Amateur Restoration, 'Ecce Homo, Monkey Christ' Flub?

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For 500 years, the painted wooden effigy of St George that adorns a chapel in the Spanish town of Estella has been locked in a silent struggle against his old foe, the dragon.

Today, however, the saint faces a different battle thanks to a feat of restoration that has prompted comparisons with the infamous “Ecce Homo Monkey Christ” and exasperated the mayor.

An attempt to freshen up the 16th-century polychrome statue has left St George with a rosy pink face and a bold, red-and-grey suit of armour. The restoration is believed to have been carried out by a handicrafts teacher at the request of the parish authorities of the Church of St Michael.

The mayor of Estella, which lies south-west of Pamplona in the Navarre region, is demanding to know why the council was not consulted before the work went ahead.

Koldo Leoz told the Guardian: “The parish decided on its own to take action to restore the statue and gave the job to a local handicrafts teacher. The council wasn’t told and neither was the regional government of Navarre.”...cont.

More, https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jun/26/second-spanish-church-falls-prey-to-well-intentioned-restorer-st-george-ecce-homo-monkey-christ



The St George effigy before and after restoration.





The Ecce Homo-style fresco of Christ before and after restoration.

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Reply Spanish 16th c. St. George Statue Amateur Restoration, 'Ecce Homo, Monkey Christ' Flub? (Original post)
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Response to appalachiablue (Original post)

Tue Jun 26, 2018, 05:22 PM

1. Did she move?

OMG.....

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Response to Historic NY (Reply #1)

Tue Jun 26, 2018, 06:51 PM

2. It wasn't mentioned in anything I read, but an interesting idea.

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Response to appalachiablue (Original post)

Tue Jun 26, 2018, 10:42 PM

3. The sculpture on the top looks like a 2D painting on the left

while the "restored" one on the right looks 3D. Also, the size and shape of the armor on the head looks very different. It IS different. The lady who admitted to restoring the bottom one should be horrified at what she did but she doesn't sound regretful at all in the video. What kind of priest saw her starting to paint the clothes and then let her go on to continue restoring the face? Is he blind?

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