Some folks in Spain are fired up over the recent restoration of a 16th century statue of San Jorge (Saint George), a dragon slaying knight. St. George has been living in the Church of St. Michael in the town Estella for a minute. According to Huffington Post, he got to looking a little wan and tired, as you might expect after posting up in church for some 500 years. George needed a spa day like last century, so the church asked a local workshop to get him together. Off went Old Georgie for a little tune up, and he came back with his face beat for the God’s. However, some experts weren’t so pleased with the result. I guess Georgie boy isn’t supposed to look like Pee-wee Herman on a Quaalude bender.
Here’s the before and after:
— Isrrael Villablanca (@loockito) June 26, 2018
Ecce Homo 2.0 of course refers to that other famously botched Spanish restoration that gave us Monchichi Jesus. I don’t understand all the fuss though really. Let these crafty pepaws and memaws get their art on, it’s not like they were calling this statue Gorgeous George before. Look at him and his goofy ass horse! I’m sorry, did they used to ride giraffe/donkey hybrids back in the day? I’m no historian, but that’s probably pretty close to what he looked like in the 1600s when all they had to paint with was arsenic laced goat’s blood applied with a chewed up stick. I think Boy George looks runway ready, but Estella’s mayor thinks otherwise. He went on a #twittertear about it, denouncing the church for allowing amateurs to fuck with George. He’s also mad that the New York Times said George (George, I’d say cover your ears here, if you had any) looks like Tintin.
Cuando el New York Times dedica un artículo al tema es porque el tema es serio. Por responsabilidad, y por justicia, los bienes patrimoniales de #Navarra debe custidiarlos Navarra.
A Botched Statue Restoration in Spain: Is That St. George or Tintin? https://t.co/zYUYj9IjCv
— KoldoLeozGarciandia (@koldinni) June 27, 2018
The mayor says they are going to have some professionals in to look at George to see if permanent damage was done when his O.G. face got sanded off and re-painted like a china doll. Meanwhile, he should be happy to the attention. If Ecco Homo taught us anything, it’s that new George is going to be a star, baby!