Thursday, June 28, 2018

#CatThursday - #Cats in #Art (30) Botched restorations and medieval art

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This month for Cats in Art, I was inspired by an article on Patheos. This article was talking about a recent botched restoration of a famous and irreplaceable work of art in a church. It also mentioned a previous restoration of a church work of art which was horribly botched. 

The latter case of restoration gone wrong was the "Ecce Homo in the Sanctuary of Mercy church in Borja, Spain. That’s the fresco featuring Jesus in a crown of thorns, painted in the 1930s, that a well-meaning artist named Cecilia Giménez offered to restore in 2012."

This was the end result (before and after). Egads!

So, the newest debacle "a 500-year-old painted effigy of St. George battling a dragon, which sits in the Church of St. Michael in the Spanish town of Estella, has been renovated by someone who had no business doing it."

And here is that end result (before and after). Zoinks! (I mean it does look like a cartoon. lol)

Anyway, reading this inspired me to look for cats in medieval art. What I found out is medieval artists did not know how to paint cats! Take a look. Some of them are pretty creepy...and did cats have human faces back then...???

Now that you can't unsee these, I'd like to wish you a happy weekend and 4th of July holiday next week. 

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  1. I haven't been to Cat Thursday in a long time, but I thought I'd come back again :) Yikes those paintings are kind of scary. LOL Here's my post:

  2. Oh, god no; now I can't unsee those! Here's my link - I finally remembered to do a post!

  3. Oh dear! Given that my artwork begins and ends with my being able to draw little more than a matchstick figure I probably shouldn't comment but, oh my goodness, these are pretty bad.

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