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Amateur art restorer botches copy of Immaculate Conception painting by Bartoleme Esteban Murillo

Amateur art restorer botches copy of Immaculate Conception painting by Bartoleme Esteban Murillo

It’s happened again.

Another famed artwork has been butchered by amateur restorers, much to the mirth of the internet but despair of the owners.

A private art collector in Spain paid nearly $2000 to have a copy of the 17th century Immaculate Conception painting by Bartoleme Esteban Murillo restored, but what came back was almost unrecognisable.

Unhappy with their first attempt, the amateur restorers had a crack at correcting the now disfigured Virgin Mary which turned out even worse.

Two attempts by a furniture reparier were utter failures, prompting conservation experts in Spain to call for laws governing conservation work to be tightened, The Guardian has reported.

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It’s not the first time an attempt to restore an artwork has been botched.

Eight years ago a parishioner’s efforts to improve Elias Garcia Martinez’s depiction of Jesus Ecce Homo at the Santuario de Misericordia de Borja church in Zaragoza was so bad that it was redubbed “Monkey Christ” and made global headlines.

But the fiasco actually made the painting more famous, making it a surprise tourist attraction and reportedly attracting 160,000 tourists last year.

The botched restoration of an Elias Garcia Martinez fresco on the walls of the Santuario de Misericordia de Borja church in Zaragoza, Spain.

The laughably inept attempt to restore the original has inspired those on Twitter to give it a go themselves.

The Royal Academy invited people to do a better job of restoring the baroque painting with some hilarious results.

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Drawing inspiration from a diverse range of areas, Twitter users did not disappoint.

Mr Bean made a cameo, as did Donald Trump and Groucho Marks.

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In an interview with The Guardian, Fernando Carrera, a professor at the Galician School for the Conservation and Restoration of Cultural Heritage, said the case highlighted the need for work to be carried out only by properly trained restorers.

“I don’t think this guy – or these people – should be referred to as restorers. Let’s be honest: they’re bodgers who botch things up. They destroy things.”