In further proof that you shouldn’t let an art restorer with credentials from the back of a cereal box actually restore art, this is a before-and-after shot of a 1923 statue adorning the top of a bank building in Palencia, Spain that was restored by somebody who I’m sure has a big heart, but has absolutely zero artistic skill. Possibly less than zero. I’m honestly not even sure you could do worse.
The potato head of Palencia now joins a pantheon of other botched jobs in Spain, the most infamous of which still remains the 2012 “Monkey Christ” restoration of Elías García Martínez’s Ecce Homo fresco in the town of Borja. More recent incidents include a failed attempt in Valencia earlier this year to treat a painting of the Virgin Mary—which is a copy of a 17th-century work by the Spanish Baroque artist Bartolomé Esteban Murillo.
The Potato Head of Palencia! That’s great, I’ve been called potato head before. Seriously though they have to stop letting people who can’t even color inside the lines restore works of art. “Wait a second — is that dried plaster on your hands?!” I MADE THAT STATUE TEN TIMES BETTER.
Thanks to Christina D, who informed me that after shot looks like Mr. Bill right before he’s about to die, and I agree.