Apparently, local parish priests decided the old piece could use a bit of a facelift and enlisted the help of a handicrafts teacher from a nearby school to do the job. In the process, the teacher took some rather bold liberties by essentially sandblasting entire sections with new color with a near-total lack of subtlety. In fact, they opted to turn the horse's harness red when it was originally silver with gold leaf, according to an art restoration expert. And in case it wasn't obvious, the whole thing was reportedly done without consulting any art restoration pros or any cultural institutions. As a result, the work's new look has caused quite the brouhaha, and even the town's mayor, Koldo Leoz, is pissed.
“It’s not been the kind of restoration that it should have been for this 16th-century statue," he told The Guardian. "They’ve used plaster and the wrong kind of paint and it’s possible that the original layers of paint have been lost.”