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Botched ‘restoration’ of figure on building’s facade in Spain prompts criticism and jokes

The restoration of a figure on the facade of a bank's headquarters in Spain has prompted criticism and also mockery. One person even compared the restored figure to US President Donald Trump.

By: Trends Desk | New Delhi | Updated: November 13, 2020 12:35:06 pm
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The unfortunate restoration of a figure that is part of an early 20th-century facade on a bank’s headquarters in Spain has received a lot of mockery on social media and even prompted comparison with US President Donald Trump.

The restoration of the figure on the headquarters of the Unicaja bank was brought to the internet’s attention by noted painter Antonio Guzmán Capel. He publicly denounced the “grotesque restoration”. It has since prompted comparisons with other botched restorations, like this version of ‘Immaculate Conception’.

“It looks like the head of a cartoon character,” Capel said. “I’m sure whoever did it got paid for it, but the bigger crime was committed by the person who commissioned it and then tried to carry on as though nothing was wrong.”

He added that the city now had an attraction to rival the ‘Monkey Christ’ painting that propelled the town of Borja to global fame. The painting made headlines after a devout parishioner took it upon herself to restore Elías García Martínez’s painting titled ‘Ecce Homo’.

Local publication El Norte de Castilla said that the bank’s headquarters was commissioned in 1919 and became operational in 1922.

Restoration experts in Spain expressed anger over the work and highlighted the need for proper training, protection and investment of such structures. “THIS #IsNotARestoration. It’s NOT a professional intervention.” Spain’s Professional Association of Restorers and Conservators said in a tweet.

The botched up work prompted comments about it on social media, with one person even comparing it with US President Donald Trump.

In 2019, a botched restoration of a 16th-century polychrome statue of Saint George and the dragon in northern Spain left the warrior saint resembling Tintin or a Playmobil figure.

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