It Mitre look better...?
Updated: 5 days ago
Ten years younger- when saints need a makeover
An older statue may undergo a number of makeovers during its existence; some better than others. Eventually, it becomes something the artist never intended.
This statue belongs to a school, and some of its pupils may be future artists who take inspiration from the art they see.
Long faced saints
Long faces saints tend to belong to the Eastern Orthodox tradition - to show that they have overcome all temptations of the flesh. This statue of St.Chad, ascetic as he was, appears to have been adapted from a figure of St. Patrick perhaps? With a less than thorough removal of the beard, and too much flesh taken from the top lip, the face is not one "well met" on a School Monday morning!
The statue had other problems, such as a mitre that was a poor fit, and a small twisted arm that had been modeled in grey putty.
The photo on the right shows these faults before and after correction.
Completing the makeover
Finally, the figure of St. Chad was painted as an early medieval bishop. One could ask was this a remodel or a restoration - in this case the answer has to be both!