Botched painting restoration will haunt your nightmares

Botched restoration
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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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Daniel John
Senior News Editor

Daniel John is Senior News Editor at Creative Bloq. He reports on the worlds of art, design, branding and lifestyle tech (which often translates to tech made by Apple). He joined in 2020 after working in copywriting and digital marketing with brands including ITV, NBC, Channel 4 and more.