5 Art Restorations Gone Wrong

Ecce Homo: Cecilia Giménez was suspected of vandalism in 2012 after she attempted to restore the Ecce Homo fresco.

Smiling Statue: A statue in Palencia, Spain, was restored in 2020 to reverse the damage from decades of weather erosion.

Leonardo da Vinci ink sketch: In 1998 Carlo Pedretti, a leading expert on Leonardo da Vinci’s work.

Bust of Cristiano Ronaldo: In 2017 the airport on Portugal’s Madeira Island was officially renamed Madeira International Airport—Cristiano Ronaldo.

Leonardo da Vinci, The Virgin and Child with St. Anne: A restoration of Leonardo da Vinci’s painting The Virgin and Child with St. Anne caused debate among art experts over its cleaning.

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