New theory on the Jesus fresco retouch

(Via Pete Emslie) Previously


  1. Old lady ruins painting, suddenly there’s interesting in getting proper restoration work done. Hmm. Maybe she did have permission…

    1. And more people have seen the image in the past few days than in it’s whole history.  If I believed in magic I’d say it was a miracle.

        1. :-) I wonder how often this has happened? That a painting of Jesus or Mary has turned into a burnt tortilla or the stain on a soy bean storage tank? It’s a miracle!

    2. But the grand daughter of the original artist had donated money for the restoration before this happened.  Only now that’s not enough money.

  2. The first rule of restoring something that is damaged: Don’t mess with the parts that aren’t damaged.

  3. The Truth About De-Evolution: Now It Can Be Told.

    This restoration underlines Devo’s manifesto.

  4. Woman might make interesting Coca-Cola spokeswoman. “Nothing I like more than refreshing Fresca.”

  5. I just thought of a question. How did this fresco become so deteriorated in just a dozen or so decades? The missing pigment looks like it’s been abraded off by people touching it as an act of devotion. It could also be possible that the ground or the pigment have been laid in improperly and aren’t adhering the way they should be. 

    1. I believe it isn’t a true fresco, i.e. it was not drawn on fresh lime plaster, but a painting executed on dry plaster.

  6. It is a tragedy that an artwork was ruined, But it’s done and cannot be fixed this second… I must say I rather like the Granny Photoshop Version. it’s a pity she couldn’t have just painted it on a bit of paper and hung it over the original. The effect would have been the same.

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