21 Nov 2012

Vandalised frescoes with a twist in Valencia’s cathedral

Before and after of angel on a fresco that was restored following vandalism

This before and after of a fresco in Valencia cathedral shows that smutty humour will never grow old – the drawing on the angel’s wing will be familiar to anyone who has ever visited a school toilet. What is interesting about this one is that it was added by a workman in the 17th century when the fresco was covered up. It has now been uncovered and restored as you can see in the picture on the right. I first spotted this story in the Guardian who opted for a less graphic image to use on their coverage. El Mundo in Spain were less prudish in their piece

In other recent news from Spain I was tickled by this piece about an amateur’s well-meaning attempt to update a painting in her local church.

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