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Botched painting restoration will haunt your nightmares

Everyone remembers where they were when they first saw 2012’s famous ‘Monkey Jesus’ restoration, and it seems we have another less-than-perfect clean-up job on our hands. This time it’s The Immaculate Conception by Bartolomé Esteban Murillo, which has suffered not one, but two failed restoration attempts. 

A Valencia-based art collector paid apparently €1,200 to have the painting cleared up by a furniture restorer, but after two unsuccessful attempts, the painting was left unrecognisable (said furniture restorer might want to take a look at our guide to painting techniques). According to Spain’s Europa Press, the collector is seeking to have the piece restored a third time – this time by someone with training. 

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