Quinte, On. real estate agent: The Best of Intentions.

The Best of Intentions.

Every once in a while I will stumble across a news article that makes my day. This particular article from U.S.A. Today certainly made me chuckle so I thought I had to share it with everybody (who reads my blog).

Apparently the fresco of Jesus in the church of the small Spanish town of Borja (near Zaragoza) had seen better days. This priceless work of art had started to fade pretty badly as old works of art tend to do. This didn't sit well with 80 year old Celia Giménez, a parishoner, who took it upon herself to touch it up. The long and short of it is that she brought her box of paints down to the church and went to work. It didn't deter her that she didn't have any formal training in the arts, or was an artist of any sort. I guess she just gave it the old college try.

After she had finished she rang the town hall to deliver the good news, the fresco looked brand spanking new again. She became a bit perturbed when the reaction to her handy work wasn't as positive as she had hoped it would be. Officials really don't know what to do now, the fresco can't be saved. I don't think it really looks anything like the original artist had intended it to look, but then again, my taste in art may be a little low-brow.

Poor Celia Giménez, someone should have told her that the road to hell is paved with good intentions.

Comment balloon 9 commentsMalcolm Johnston • August 23 2012 01:01PM


I have a friend that always says "The road to hell is paved with good intentions." How funny and great blog! thanks for sharing, Malcolm.

Posted by Tamra Lee Ulmer, FORCE~NRBA ~ Over 1000 REO Assets SOLD! (Arizona Resource Realty) almost 7 years ago

Oh, tha just makes me ill.  I know that she meant the best...but, really?  A curator or restorer isn't in her life plan at this point, I don't believe.  That was a very sad tale indeed. 

Posted by Ron Marshall, Birdhouse Builder Extraordinaire (Marshall Enterprises) almost 7 years ago

Oh My, Malcolm... she should have started on velvet with dogs playing poker...

Posted by Chris Smith, South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta (Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage) almost 7 years ago

Oh cringe, Malcolm!  What?  Did she use permanent marker?  I'm surprised this can't be restored.  Oh, I think I just heard a bolt of lightening...  someone's not very happy.

Posted by Sally Weatherley, Vancouver Home Staging, Home Stager Vancouver, B.C (EXIT STAGE RIGHT) almost 7 years ago

Malcolm -- it really is a rather Simpson-esque moment --- "DOH".   Can't believe an adult who actually do such a thing -- just another example truth being stranger than fiction.   

Posted by Michael Jacobs, Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393 almost 7 years ago

Thanks Tamra Lee, I thought it was a funny story too.

Ron, I suppose it is a little sad, but there's probably hundreds of similar frescos in Spain.

I agree Chris, I guess she wanted to start at the top.

Sally, I'm sure the good Lord has a big sense of humour too.

Valerie, she certainly took the bull by the horns, I'm sure she had the best of intentions.

Michael, truthfully, I can believe just about anything these days when it comes to human behaviour.

Posted by Malcolm Johnston, Trenton Real Estate (Century 21 Lanthorn Real Estate LTD., Trenton, Ontario) almost 7 years ago

Poor thing really did make a mess of that original didn't she LOL. At least her heart was in the right place as they say.

Posted by Janice Ankrett, Staging Professional (Janice Ankrett Home Staging) almost 7 years ago

Thanks for sharing your observations.  Priceless art objects need to have a high level of security.  This "restoration" is hard to imagine.

Enjoy the days of summer with your camera in hand.



Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) almost 7 years ago

Malcolm - I saw this article too.  It was a bold undertaking gone wrong to be sure.  I guess we need to know when to use a handyman and when a pro needs to be called in to do the job.

Posted by Norma Toering Broker for Palos Verdes and Beach Cities, Palos Verdes Luxury Homes in L.A. (Charlemagne International Properties) over 6 years ago