In (the opposite of retrospect), these painting may just be regarded as masterpieces in the far, faar future. Probably not, but maybe.
Walking around a museum, we travel from room to room to take in the priceless, breathtaking works of art created by some of the most famous artists in the world, like Picasso, Van Gough, and Monet. Most of the time, they’re beyond impressive but, admittedly, there are a few rare occasions where we all go “That looks easy, I could totally do that.”
Well, over the last few days, that’s exactly what Twitter users have been doing with a famous painting that has had a horrible, albeit comical makeover.
Let me explain.
Most art we see is old—like old, old. Unfortunately with age comes dust and dirt which builds up to create a layer that diminishes the artistry below . So, what do we do when that happens? The piece is normally carefully restored, and cleaned, back to it’s original state. What many people don’t know is that sometimes the process of restoration can go horribly, horribly wrong.
This brings us to Spain, where restoration (or a sorry attempt) of the “Immaculate Conception” by the artist Bartolomé Esteban Murillo has taken a turn for the worst after the restorer completely ruined the face of the Virgin Mary so much that it was beyond repair, let alone recognition. Like, drawn-with-your-left-hand-blindfolded ruined.
This isn’t the first time it’s happened in the art community, either. This new incident has drawn comparisons to another restoration mishap that happened eight years ago with a portrait of Jesus Christ, which birthed the nickname ‘Monkey Christ” after the restoration literally made him look inhuman. This made headlines worldwide, and is equally as painful to look at as the poor Virgin Mary is (in this specific painting, of course.)
In an attempt to make light of the situation—because, how can you not—The Royal Academy of Arts in London tweeted a challenge to their followers to recreate the same image that had just been ruined in their own creative way. Here are some of our favorites that was just too good not to share:
1. Bean Mary
I’m so sorry. pic.twitter.com/jy1o1Au8CO
— Mark 🏴🏴🇪🇺 (@TheBeardyBoyo) June 23, 2020
2. Relaxed Mary
— Jason Bennett 🏴 (@jaceb77) June 23, 2020
3. Lego Mary
— Thomas Cogley (@JohnnyPixels) June 23, 2020
4. Dragon Ball M
— Ghost of Tsuchimi ⛧ (@RootLoops) June 23, 2020
5. Troll Mary
— Brendan Donlon (@brendandonlon) June 23, 2020
6. Modern Art Mary
Under the influence pic.twitter.com/6imeOa8Ck7
— Lynda Top Of A Hill (@OfLynda) June 23, 2020
7. Nightmare Mary
Here you go. pic.twitter.com/tPj6AwSnd3
— Smallbrainfield (@Smallbrainfield) June 23, 2020
Dare we say, NightMary…
8. Soft Glam Mary
Well I had a go! pic.twitter.com/HFWH3zJGDj
— SaucyMushroom (@iwanttobeagoth) June 23, 2020