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Upset at Spain's latest Ecce Homo-style botched attempt to restore artwork

On the left, the original that the collector gave to the furniture restorer, and on the right, his first and second attempts.
On the left, the original that the collector gave to the furniture restorer, and on the right, his first and second attempts. / R. C.
  • Following the famous case eight years ago, a valuable copy of a work by Seville artist Murillo has suffered a similar fate in Valencia

Eight years ago a work of art, Ecce Homo, was clumsily restored in the Zaragoza village of Borja, leading to outrage, worldwide headlines and a big increase in local tourism.

Another poor restoration has just been unveiled in Valencia, leading experts to wonder what more Spain can do to stop people destroying works of art with their good intentions.

This time it was a valuable copy of a work by Seville artist Murillo, a well-known 'Inmaculada', that its owner gave to a furniture restorer for a cleaning which then went wrong.

Experts say there is hope and it can be put back to how it was.