How to spoil historical paintings aka El Cristo de Borja.

22 Aug

Today this was big news in Spain: an 80-year-old woman in Borja, Zaragoza, decided the local Church’s 19th century fresco needed a restoration.

The “before and after” image is…better see it yourself.

Of course it was TT in Spain and many other “restorations” can be found on the internet. There is even a FB fan group of “Cecilia, Borja’s Christ restorer”

This is our favourite.

The poor woman says it is not finished, apparently she left for a trip leaving the work in that situation. She will not be able to end her work because profesional restorers have already been summoned. Poor thing, she says she has sold “lots of paintings” before.

Well, we really think this deserved, at least, an entry in our blog.

In this video, she explains her reasons (spanish). Total must.


14 Responses to “How to spoil historical paintings aka El Cristo de Borja.”

  1. Animalcouriers August 23, 2012 at 12:01 #


  2. Rachael August 23, 2012 at 16:07 #

    Awful!!! Just awful.

  3. olgastorace August 24, 2012 at 16:26 #

    Es una lastima, pero es increible que haya sucedido, y hasta gracioso, si se quiere!

  4. bucketdave August 25, 2012 at 20:20 #

    I feel bad for everyone involved. I hope it can be restored. I wonder what it would have looked like when she had finished it?

  5. larousse7 August 27, 2012 at 14:33 #

    Understanding the gist of that video is the most use of my Spanish A-Level I’ve had in 2 years. Gracias!

    • maik10 August 27, 2012 at 21:38 #

      haha! nice, it’s important to keep using it! some day we’ll do a post about how important spanish is! 😉

      • larousse7 August 30, 2012 at 18:57 #

        I look forward to it!

  6. RDoug August 28, 2012 at 02:34 #

    Just goes to show . . . if Edvard Munch had done it, it would’ve been hailed a masterpiece and stolen from museums and stolen a time or two by now.

  7. Celeste September 7, 2012 at 16:07 #

    It’s terrible! I don’t know why some people are allowed to do things like that!

  8. androgynbeauty September 12, 2012 at 14:44 #

    This was hilarious, the old lady raised the tourism related earnings of Zaragoza and even Ryan Air added this city on their destinations, especially for those who wanna admire the ‘new version of Christ’. Otherwise is a pity for the art, but not a big problem for the Church: it has BIGGER ISSUES.

  9. blinkpack September 20, 2012 at 17:57 #

    Thanks for stopping by the BlinkPacking blog. I really appreciate your visit. And nice to see what you are up to here as well.


  10. Tamborine Dreamer September 24, 2012 at 13:18 #

    Oh well, the value of art is in the eye of the beholder! It’s a great story though I’m not quite sure what to make of it all; whether to be outraged or amused! Thank you for posting and also for visiting my blog, which also features quirky stuff from time to time.

  11. Phoenix Dark October 3, 2012 at 10:11 #

    Thanks for visiting my blog and liking my post! I’ll be sure to come back here to read more

  12. Suzanne October 12, 2012 at 11:32 #

    What a story! I like how the woman said she’d sold lots of paintings in the past. She sounds like a complete nutter.

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