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Fans of Botched Restoration Launch Petition to Keep It

Why mess with genius?
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 23, 2012 6:18 PM CDT
Fans of Botched Restoration Launch Petition to Keep It
This combination of two undated handout photos made available by the Centro de estudios Borjanos shows the original, at left, and the "restored" version.   (AP Photo/Centro de estudios Borjanos)

(Newser) – And you thought the story about the "world's worst art restoration" couldn't get better: More than 10,000 people have signed an online petition at Change.org asking the town of Borja in Spain to keep the new version of the painting just as it is. The Spanish petition deadpans (we think) that the restored version of the painting of Christ "reveals a subtle critique of creationist theories of the Church" and echoes works by de Goya and Munch. An elderly parishioner had tried her hand at fixing up the fading, 100-year-old original with comical results.

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"She just wanted to give it a bit of color," her sister explained to a local newspaper. (Read more art restoration stories.)

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