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Another Masterpiece Painted Ruined by Bad Restoration

When you think of art that has been ruined the first thing that usually comes to mind is that image of Jesus that turned out looking very monkey-fied. You know the one I’m talking about. This one..

Centro de Estudios Borjanos

Now thanks to a collector hiring a furniture restorer instead of an artist specializing in this kind of work another work of art has been damaged irreparably. Immaculate Conception — by Baroque artist Bartolomé Esteban Murillo has been ruined… The art collector who had it in his collection paid the furniture restorer $1,355 dollars to try and restore the painting which originally looked like this.

Bartolomé Esteban Murillo

Then like this..

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And then this…

I guess you get what you pay for. Usually for a small image with minor flaws you would pay about what this collector paid. $800 – $1,500. But for larger paintings with more work to be done, like lifting the vibrancy in general you would pay from $10,000 to  $15,000. It sounds like they wanted to cheap out of hiring a professional and they paid dearly for it in the end. Unfortunately so did everyone else because this is now a lost cause.

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