It is fitting that fading works of art such as the effigy of St George in Estella are maintained by local people

All hail the primitivists of Pamplona and their vivid and controversial restoration of a statue of St George: colourful, poignant, simplistic. The 16th-century effigy in a church in Estella has incurred the fury of the mayor for its unauthorised execution by “a local handicrafts teacher”.

The incident recalls the scandal six years ago when a 20th-century fresco of Christ in the Spanish town of Borja was repainted in a style best described as Picasso-esque by an 81-year-old local artist, Cecilia Giménez. Both restorations have reportedly become tourist attractions, for the wrong reasons.

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