In the Spanish town of Borja, a small church has sat since the 16th century. In the 1800s, the above painting (left) was commissioned by the church and painted by Elias Garcia Martinez.
While the painting may not be worth a lot monetarily, it held a lot of sentimental value for locals. One such local was an anonymous octogenarian who felt it a shame the work had been allowed to fall into disrepair. Without authorizing permission from anyone, the woman enthusiastically began to “restore” the image.
It quickly became apparent to the woman things had “gotten out of hand” and she did not have the required skill and contacted the local cultural heritage institution to confess. Professionals are now assessing the damage to see if the painting can be salvaged.
Update! Thanks to a poor translation of the original article, this post originally identified the well-intentioned painter as a man. It was in fact a woman.
This post was created by a user and has not been vetted or endorsed by BuzzFeed's editorial staff. BuzzFeed Community is a place where anyone can post awesome lists and creations. Learn more or post your buzz!
- Inside WikiLeaks: A former employee shares what he learned about Julian Assange (including his beef with Hillary Clinton).
- One week into the fight to take back Mosul, expectations for quick success have clashed with the reality of a bloody struggle ahead.
- Less than 24 hours after AT&T announced an $85 billion deal to buy Time Warner, politicians are expressing skepticism and opposition.
- An NFL player paid tribute to Harambe, the gorilla who died at a Cincinnati zoo, on his cleats.