A Spanish parishioner painted three fifteenth-century sculptures in gaudy colors, giving Jesus a bright green robe in the latest failed amateur art restoration to make headlines in the country.
A wooden statue of the Virgin Mary in the chapel of El Ranadoiro, a village in the northern region of Asturias that houses 28 people, received a bright pink scarf, a sky blue tunic and an eyeliner.
The previously smooth woodcarving also features a young Jesus in a bright green robe, while a third statue of Saint Peter now has it in bloodred robes.
The change of image has led to comparisons with the failed restoration of 2012 by an elderly parishioner of the fresco "Ecce Homo" of Jesus Christ in Borja, which resembles a pale-faced ape with cartoon eyes.
"It's crazy," said Luis Suarez Saro, who had previously restored the three sculptures of El Ranadoiro in 2002-2003 with the approval of the regional government.
The woman who carried out the last restoration, local resident María Luisa Menéndez, received permission from the parish priest to give them a new coat of paint, local newspaper El Comercio reported.
"I'm not a professional, but I always liked to do it, and the figures really needed to be painted, so I painted them as best I could, with the colors that seemed good to me, and the neighbors liked them," he said. said the newspaper.
Suárez Saro told AFP that Menéndez "likes to draw and paint, made some trips … and felt that the sculptures looked better in this way".
While the painting work generated hilarity online, the Spanish art conservation association ACRE raised the alarm.
"Does anyone care about this continuous looting in our country? What kind of society is maintained while the legacy of their ancestors is destroyed before their eyes?" He asked on Twitter.
A church in the northern city of Estella was attacked in June by an amateur restoration of a 16th-century wooden sculpture by San Jorge that, according to some Twitter users, looked like the Tintin comic book character.
The botched restoration of the fresco "Ecce Homo" has become famous in the meantime, with thousands of tourists visiting Borja to see it.
He also inspired a comic opera that was performed in the 16th century Nuestra Señora de la Merced Shrine, where the painting is enclosed in a wall.