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Woman who ruined Spanish fresco ‘had permission’ from priest

23 August 2012

A woman who ruined a 19th Century fresco in a Spanish church by trying to restore it, has said the priest knew what she was up to.

Cecilia Gimenez, who is in her 80s, was reportedly upset at the way the fresco had deteriorated.

When she realised she was out of her depth she contacted Juan Maria Ojeda, the city councillor in charge of cultural affairs.

BBC Europe correspondent Christian Fraser says the delicate brush strokes of Elias Garcia Martinez have been buried under a haphazard splattering of paint.

The once-dignified portrait now resembles a crayon sketch of a very hairy monkey in an ill-fitting tunic, he says.

Christ painting "Ecce Homo" by Elias Garcia Martinez and the botched version.

Christ painting “Ecce Homo” by Elias Garcia Martinez and the botched version.

Over 5,000 people, described as “ironic art fans” by the Associated Foreign Press, have signed a petition attempting to save furry Jesus. The petition states that Gimenez’s mistake-cum-masterpiece “reveals a subtle criticism of the Church’s creationist theories while questioning a resurgence of new idols.”
»‘Ironic Art Fans’ Petition To Save World’s Worst Restoration Of ‘Ecce Homo’ (PHOTO)


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