The 15th-century wooden statue, part of a set in a chapel in the Asturias region of Spain had a colorful makeover by a shopkeeper, Maria Luisa Menendez.
The statue features three prominent religious figures: St. Anne, the patron saint of the village of Rañadorio, the Virgin Mary and the baby Jesus Christ.
Menendez obtained permission from the local priest Arturo Garcia.
I’m not a professional painter, but I’ve always enjoyed it, and these images really were in need of painting, so I painted them the best I could, with the colors that seemed right, and the neighbors like it.
Genaro Alonso, the region’s principality’s education adviser said it was a “vengeance rather than a restoration”.
Luis Suárez Saro who professionally restored the sculptures just 15 years ago, is not happy:
They’ve used the kind of industrial enamel paint they sell for painting anything and absolutely garish and absurd colours. The result is just staggering. You don’t know whether to laugh or cry.