"Fluffy Jesus" and 8 more fatal mistakes of restorers
The most sensational case of unsuccessful restoration occurred in Spain. 80-year-old Cecilia Jimenez volunteered to restore the mural depicting Jesus, adorned the temple of Mercy in the city of Borja. But for some reason, it turned out quite unlike the original. Perhaps the vision failed the elderly woman. The resulting picture was called "Fluffy Jesus."
Restoration of frescoes in the Sistine Chapel was the most extensive restoration work of the XX century. But many art critics believe that its result is not the most successful.
In 2010, workers installed statues of Mars and Venus in front of the residence of Silvio Berlusconi. But the statues were found with missing parts of the body. And Berlusconi ordered to restore them. Everything turned out pretty good, but art critics did not appreciate the rush of the Prime Minister. It is believed that the "correction" of ancient sculptures is akin to vandalism, because we do not know how the statues looked originally. After this criticism, Mars and Venus were returned to their original state.
The painting “Saint Anna with the Madonna and the Baby Christ” by Leonardo da Vinci was restored and turned out much brighter and lighter. If earlier dark shades prevailed in the picture, then after restoration the picture became brighter, as if the action takes place on a sunny day. According to experts, this is contrary to the vision of Da Vinci.Some of the experts of the advisory committee of the Louvre have even stopped working in protest against such a restoration.
In every Russian city there is a statue of Lenin. And in the Krasnodar Territory one of the statues was not lucky: after the restoration, Lenin received a disproportionately long arm and someone else's face. It turns out that in this form the monument stood for a long time, until in 2016 the photographs of this “indecency” were not distributed. This story even appeared on central television, after which the leader of the world proletariat was remade.
The Great Wall of China - the largest architectural monument. Unfortunately, it slowly collapses.
In 2014, an employee of the Cairo Museum dropped Tutankhamun’s 10-kilogram golden mask, and his beard fell off the relics. Instead of going to the professionals, the woman turned to her husband-restorer.
The sculpture of the Madonna and the baby Jesus in the Canadian city of Sudbury once suffered by the hands of the Vandals: the baby's head was broken off and stolen.