An art collector in Spain has been left out of pocket and his painting ruined by a restoration work gone – very wrong.
The painting, a copy of a 17th century painting entitled The Immaculate Conception of Los Venerables by renowned Spanish artist Bartolomé Esteban Murillo is owned by a Spanish art collector.
According to local media the art collector paid €1,200 to have the work cleaned by a furniture restorer in Valencia. It appears that the first cleaning was so bad the owner requested a second cleaning – with even worse results.
The widespread coverage has seen ACRE the association that represents restorers and conservators in Spain call for regulation of the trade. In a statement they said that Spanish restorers and conservators were highly regarded across Europe but are being labelled as amateurs due to the “lack of regulation around unqualified people dealing with important pieces of historic artwork”.
“We should be alarmed that some of our heritage is disappearing because of these disastrous interventions. We want to make it clear that no professional with an official academic, would carry out this kind of attack on (our) heritage.”