Jesus Christ Fresco Ruined By Amateur Art Restorer

An elderly parishioner has stunned Spanish cultural officials with an alarming and unauthorised attempt to restore a prized Jesus Christ fresco.

Ecce Homo (Behold the Man) by Elias Garcia Martinez has held pride of place in the Sanctuary of Mercy Church near Zaragoza for more than 100 years. The woman took her brush to it after years of deterioration due to moisture. Cultural officials said she had the best intentions and hoped it could be properly restored.

The woman, in her 80s, was reportedly upset at the way the fresco had deteriorated and took it on herself to “restore” the image. BBC Europe correspondent Christian Fraser says the delicate brush strokes of Elias Garcia Martinez have been buried under a haphazard splattering of paint. The once-dignified portrait now resembles a crayon sketch of a very hairy monkey in an ill-fitting tunic, he says.

The woman appears to have realised she was out of her depth and contacted Juan Maria Ojeda, the city councillor in charge of cultural affairs. Art historians are expected to meet at the church soon to discuss how to proceed. The fresco is not thought to be very valuable, but has a high sentimental value for local people.

Our correspondent says that to make matters worse, the local centre that works to preserve artworks had just received a donation from the painter’s granddaughter which they had planned to use to restore the original fresco.

Well, what is your reaction regarding the botched restoration of this Spanish fresco painting? Do you think it can still be restored properly to its original beauty? Express your opinions and ideas in the comment box below!

Source: BBC News

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Maggot Therapy May Speed Up Wound Healing

Maggots have been used to help treat wounds for thousands of years. Their use declined with the advent of antibiotics. Now, they seem to be making a comeback because of the alarming increase in antibiotic-resistant infections. Maggots may reduce the risk of wound infection because the larvae secrete substances that fight infection.

In the new study of 119 people with non-healing wounds, maggot therapy worked quicker than conventional surgical wound-cleaning during the first week only. There was no significant added benefit by day 15, though.

During the surgical procedure, the area is numbed and the unhealthy tissue in the wound is cut away. Some maggot therapy practitioners place the maggots directly on the wound, where they remove dead tissue. In the new study, however, about 80 maggots were placed in a dressing over the wound twice a week for two weeks.

Donald S. Waldorf, MD, a dermatologist in Nanuet, N.Y., has never used maggot therapy, but he has seen them used. “They have been used on wounds since antiquity and especially in wartime,” he says in an email. “Their use seems to come in and out of favor. I can see using them when surgery would be medically difficult in very sick patients who cannot undergo anesthesia or when competent surgeons are not available. They clearly work to get rid of wound debris and may even clear out bacteria that grow on the debris.”

The FDA regulates the use of maggots, and they are only available via prescription here. Surgery is the gold standard, but not all people are candidates. Maggot therapy costs about $100, and some insurers will cover these costs.


Source: WebMD