SPAIN is gaining a reputation for art fraudsters botching imitations of famous works.
Following in the footsteps of the infamous Ecce Homo fake, an amateur artist from Castilla y León has ‘restored’ a 17th century statue.
To the dismay of historians, an unknown parishioner at the Chapel of Humiladero in Penarda de Bracamonte gave a statue of Saint Michael the Archangel a ‘makeover’ like no other.
Heritage experts have reported the restoration as an abuse of protecting Spain cultural heritage.
However the Association of Conservationists and Restorers in Castilla y Leon has jumped to the defence of the sculptor.
“Our work is very serious, professional and specific and not as easy as you might imagine,” María Luisa López, association secretary said.