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Another piece of historic art work destroyed by an amateur

Discussion in 'Personal' started by nomad, Sep 8, 2018.

  1. nomad

    nomad Star commenter

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  2. burajda

    burajda Star commenter

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  3. burajda

    burajda Star commenter

    I think people in the 15th century would have loved those colours rather than that dull brown unpainted wood
  4. Dragonlady30

    Dragonlady30 Star commenter

    I saw this story yesterday. Apparently, these incidents have happened in many places. :rolleyes:
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  5. InkyP

    InkyP Star commenter

    I was thinking that.
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  6. blazer

    blazer Star commenter

    Much improved, perhaps the church shelled out for a colour licence?

    Henry the VIII has a lot to answer for!
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  7. les25paul

    les25paul Star commenter

    I like it :)
  8. Duke of York

    Duke of York Star commenter

    Quite a bit of filler and sanding down must have been used to change the facial features, as they appear to have been. I'd have thought it was simpler and less work to do it in Photoshop. What's happened to the multitude of shadows we see in the original?
  9. nomad

    nomad Star commenter


    Ask Cliff Richard.
  10. artboyusa

    artboyusa Star commenter

    "Restoration" of art works has always been a fraught subject. At one time it was accepted practice to use human spittle as a cleansing agent. The whole village would gather around the, say, altarpiece, and collectively hock all over it and someone would mop up all the gob and voila! a perfect restoration.
    Not to say that modern methods are any better. The recent "restoration" of Leonardo's Last Supper is a complete rape and distortion of an already raped and distorted original.
  11. monicabilongame

    monicabilongame Star commenter

    As much as works of art are ruined by amateurs with good intentions, their motives will have been of the highest order. This is very different a motive from that where works of art are destroyed because they don't fit the destroyer's idea of it belonging to the 'right' religion. As when the Buddhas of Bamiyan were blown up by the Taliban.
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  12. Dragonlady30

    Dragonlady30 Star commenter

    You are SO right.
  13. Sillow

    Sillow Lead commenter

    I don't like it much but I don't really like the wooden one much either. Somewhere in between would have been better.
  14. Duke of York

    Duke of York Star commenter

    My contention is that if it's true an amateur painted the carving, they did more than just paint it. The original features carved in, no longer exist, so why the need to remove them with Poly filler and have all the extra work involved in smoothing down before painting? That's not what amateurs tend to do. It would be the work of a gifted artist.

    I have no proof other than the fact it would be far simpler to do this in Photoshop and the lack of the shadows that the original has, indicates not much time will have been spent on a Photoshop reincarnation might indicate this as possible fake news.

    It's the sort of story that would have gotten away as being the gospel truth before the computer and Internet era.

    I ain't saying it is fake news. I just want some explanations for the points I've raised to convince me otherwise.
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  15. magic surf bus

    magic surf bus Star commenter

    Quite a lot of the statues from classical times with those spooky blank stares were originally painted from top to toe, including the eyes.

    To my mind one of the best examples of cultural vandalism is the Moorish mosque at Cordoba that had a Christian church grafted onto it by the Holy Roman Emperor. Appalling.
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  16. blazer

    blazer Star commenter

    Looking at the position of the baby's head relative to the mother they are not the same statues.
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  17. Duke of York

    Duke of York Star commenter

    The position of the woman's hand under the ball is far lower too. It's a fake and no mistake. Why do we have to endure this nonsense?

    Isn't there a regulator whose paid to prevent it?
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  18. nomad

    nomad Star commenter

    Just what is it with conspiracy theorists these days?

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  19. Mainwaring

    Mainwaring Lead commenter

    The Duluxed Madonna is a story which broke here in Spain some months ago and I wondered why she popped up again yesterday in our local English language Euro news. Then I remembered: silly season, innit?

    There is also a free rag called The Olive Press, frequently referred to as 'The Olive De-press' which specialises in telling us expats what a squalid and perilous country we have foolishly chosen to live in. This one does silly season year round, as I believe the owner learned his craft on the Daily Mail. I no longer actually read the thing but I value it highly for the quality of its newsprint which is an excellent catcher of paint drips.
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  20. sparkleghirl

    sparkleghirl Star commenter

    One article about this has another example which I actually quite like...


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