& # 039; Afflicted & # 039; restoration of a seventeenth-century statue leaves angry Colombian parishioners

Soledad's parishioners said that their saint looked "effeminate" & # 39; and like I'm wearing makeup

The "effeminate" restoration of a seventeenth-century statue of Saint Anthony of Padua leaves him looking like he is wearing make-up

  • The wooden statue of San Antonio de Padua desperately needed restoration
  • They called the artist to arrange and repaint the sculpture of the patron of Soledad, Colombia
  • But the angry parishioners say that their saint now seems to be wearing makeup

Connor Boyd for Mailonline

The Colombian parishioners stuck after a restoration project left the statue of a saint looking like he was wearing makeup.

The parishioners of Soledad expressed their dissatisfaction with the work done on the statue of San Antonio de Padua, saying that he looks too effeminate.

The wooden statue, carved in the seventeenth century, had suffered serious damage over time, so the church commissioned an artist to repair and paint it.

Soledad's parishioners said that their saint looked "effeminate" & # 39; and like I'm wearing makeup

Soledad's parishioners said that their saint looked "effeminate" & # 39; and like I'm wearing makeup

Colombian parishioners have attacked the restoration work carried out on a statue of Saint Anthony of Padua (shown)

Colombian parishioners have attacked the restoration work carried out on a statue of Saint Anthony of Padua (shown)

Colombian parishioners have attacked the restoration work carried out on a statue of Saint Anthony of Padua (shown)

But the results have upset members of the religious community, who took social networks to complain about it.

"He is no longer the same patron with whom I have prayed for the last 12 years, they applied eye shadows, they blushed and even shone on his lips, he seems effeminate," said a parishioner to Radio Caracol.

Others said that the makeover had turned San Antonio into a saint of modern times, a transsexual saint.

This is the way the wooden sculpture looked before it was restored. It is one of the prominent statues in the main church of the city

This is the way the wooden sculpture looked before it was restored. It is one of the prominent statues in the main church of the city

The statue after its restoration

The statue after its restoration

The wooden sculpture before (left) and (right) after its restoration. The parishioners have criticized the new painting

Even the child seems to have eyeshadow and lipstick. It is believed that the restoration cost only $ 328

Even the child seems to have eyeshadow and lipstick. It is believed that the restoration cost only $ 328

Even the child seems to have eyeshadow and lipstick. It is believed that the restoration cost only $ 328

The wooden sculpture is located in the main church of the city. It is believed that the restoration cost only $ 328.

A Soldad restoration expert posted before and after images on Facebook to point out their shortcomings.

He stated that the work was unsuccessful because the artist did not use the "very specific" techniques necessary to paint an old polychrome wooden sculpture.

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