Much has been written in the past few days about the fact that a Spanish furniture restorer who was hired to restore a contemporary 17th century copy of the “Immaculate Conception” by Bartolomé Esteban Murillo (the original is in the Prado) ruined it. And in the public press, much has been made of the fact that the furniture restorer was paid 1200 Euros ($1360) to do the work. That’s about the amount of money a mid level lawyer gets paid for four hours of work. If the journalists who try to make it seem like this is a huge amount of money hired a lawyer who would to do an entire case for that sum, would they believe that this was a lawyer who could do a good job on the case? Considering the number of hours that cleaning and inpainting take, do the journalists and the owner of the painting believe that highly skilled conservators work for minimum wage?