An elderly Italian woman appears to have destroyed a valuable artwork after she took it upon herself to 'restore' the crumbling painting.
The image, painted by 19th-century artist Elías García Martínez, had reportedly been deteriorating for some time.
The woman in her 80s, a neighbour of the church in which the fresco is located, attempted to restore the painting 'without permission but with good intentions'.
But a donation from the artist's granddaughter was about to fix that when the neighbour got in first to have a crack at fixing it up.
The results were not quite as she expected, however.
Once the budding artist realised she was in over her head, she confessed to local authorities.A professional restorer is reportedly now set to assess the damage and see if the fresco can be saved.
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