An owner of a Spanish store has been accused of an & # 39; aberration & # 39; after an amateur restoration of three sculptures of the fifteenth century that included eyeliner and pink lipstick for the Virgin Mary.
It is said that María Luisa Menéndez, one of the only 16 inhabitants of the small village of Ranadoiro in the northern province of Asturias, produced the striking result with the permission of local priest Arturo García.
The Virgin Mary finished with turquoise green hair in one of the three sculptures and the Baby Jesus with an appearance that has been compared to a Playmobil figure.
Luis Saro, the last person to restore the sculptures before the owner of the tobacco shop María Luisa went to work, has called them "disaster and aberration."
It was said that residents had complained that the Virgin Mary was wearing red lipstick and eyeliner after the remodeling
Maria Luisa Menéndez, one of the only 16 inhabitants of the small village of Ranadoiro, was given permission to carry out the work of a priest
The makeover has led to comparisons with the famous saga & # 39; Ecce Homo & # 39; in Borja, near Zaragoza, after an old Spanish artist tried to renew a painting of Christ.
In July work began on the restoration of an effigy of San Jorge 500 years after a master of Spanish crafts was accused of leaving it as a "fairground carousel" with a non-specialized restoration in the city of Estella in the province of Navarra .
It is estimated that the three sculptures in the center of the last row, located in the town chapel in Ranadoiro, date from the XV and XVI centuries.
One represents the Virgin Mary with the Child Jesus and Saint Anne, the mother of Mary. The other two represent Saint Peter and the Virgin Mary with the Child Jesus.
Maria Luisa, who received support from her neighbors, responded Friday by insisting that she had simply used the colors she liked for the face lift and claimed they were horrible before she transformed them.
She told a local newspaper: & # 39; I'm not professional, but they were horrible and I wanted to paint them to make them look better.
The statues of St. Peter (left) and a second of the Virgin Mary were a little better in the unpleasant restoration
Maria Luisa, who received support from her neighbors, responded Friday by insisting that she had simply used the colors she liked.
I had the permission of the priest. I painted them with the colors that I liked, that was it.
Saro said he wanted to try to return the sculptures to their original appearance, but the paint used on them could make it impossible.
He said: "You should do a proper analysis to know for sure."
The mayor of Estella, Koldo Leoz, admitted that the results left "something to be desired". after the restoration of the effigy of San Jorge and the Dragon of the sixteenth century, which was news before the change of image of Ranadoiro.
Cecilia Giménez's failed attempt to restore the fresco of Christ in 2012 in Borja unleashed ridicule and led critics to affirm that the face of Christ had become a "hairy monkey."
Several workers place a sculpture of Saint George in the warehouse of the Archaeological Administration of the Regional Historical Heritage after it was moved from the Church of San Miguel in the town of Estella in Spain.
Critics said that the face of Christ had been turned into a "furry monkey" with an ill-fitting tunic
In July of this year it was announced that an effigy of the 500-year-old St. George needed a complete restoration after the failed work of a master craftsman left him as a "fairground carousel".
The sculpture of St. George and the Dragon, dating from the sixteenth century, usually occupies a place of honor in the church of San Miguel in Estella, Navarra.
The results caused outrage in Navarra and elsewhere, and many criticized the sculpture as "barely recognizable."
The sloppy restoration led to comparisons with the saga & # 39; Ecce Homo & # 39; It catapulted the small town of Borja after an elderly Spanish artist tried to wash a painting of Christ.
The spectacularly bad results won worldwide attention and were cataloged as one of "the worst artistic restoration projects of all time".
Tourists flock to see the worst restoration of the world & # 39; of & # 39; Ecce Homo & # 39; in the small town of Borja, Spain
The sculpture of St. George 500 years old before the controversial restoration work was carried out