Something happend to Elías García Martínez’s Ecce Homo
WHEN the Centro de Estudios Borjanos in Borja, Spain, received a donation from the granddaughter of 19th-century painter Elías García Martínez something happened. Martínez was known for having painted the Ecce Homo, a fresco on the walls of the church of Santuario de Misericordia. It was a fine work. Then a local woman – perhaps buoyed by the donation – took it upon herself to renovate the fresco. These three pictures together show what happened to the painting:
Picture on left: the original work.
Picture in middle: the pre-renovated work
Picture on right: how it looks now after the well-meaning woman touched it up a little.
It’s what the dead artist would have wanted…