MADRID (AP) — Spanish conservationists are outraged over what they say is yet another botched restoration of a historic work of art.
The latest amateur effort to earn the disapproval of the Spanish Association of Conservator-Restorers is the restoration of a church's 16th-century wooden sculpture of a knight on horseback.
The figure at the San Miguel de Estella church in the northern Navarra province was recently repainted in gaudy colors by a local craftsman, instead of being properly cleaned by a professional conservationist.
The national restorers' association's president, Fernando Carrera, says Wednesday the sculpture "has been turned into a toy."
The association's website lists other "well-intentioned mistakes," including a fresco restoration in 2012 that went viral after it transformed a century-old depiction of Christ into an image resembling a monkey.
Mi padre dice que el San Jorge de Estella restaurado se parece a Tintín. pic.twitter.com/KIpAbQgKBy
— Ana Menéndez (@anuska_truska) June 26, 2018
Disney también está comprando a los ecce homo. Por ahora tiene ya a San Jorge de la Estrella y lo ha restaurado. pic.twitter.com/rnApW1hJ5D
— Las crónicas de Deckard (@cronicasdeckard) June 26, 2018
ARTE: Encargan a Playmobil la restauración de la restauración del San Jorge de Estella. pic.twitter.com/5BMiDgOrap
— OKDIARREA ™ (@okdiarrea) June 26, 2018
El “restaurador” del San Jorge es fan de Marty Feldman. pic.twitter.com/xLGRiPXcm7
— Osa Licenciosa (@OsaLicenciosa) June 24, 2018
Que no os engañen, el San Jorge de Estella es Stingy de Lazy Town pic.twitter.com/xjfAI3YukI
— Fernando Segovia (@fersegoji) June 25, 2018
— B Krypt (@librosnegros) June 23, 2018
Madre mía San Jorge. pic.twitter.com/8tY0YxMzDU
— ⚠Mɪɴúsᴄᴜʟᴏ⚠ (@KIud0) June 26, 2018