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  • Woman ruins Spanish fresco in restoration attempt
    An elderly parishioner has stunned Spanish cultural officials with an alarming and unauthorised attempt to restore a prized Jesus Christ fresco.

    Ecce Homo (Behold the Man) by Elias Garcia Martinez has held pride of place in the Sanctuary of Mercy Church near Zaragoza for more than 100 years.

    The woman took her brush to it after years of deterioration due to moisture.

    Cultural officials said she had the best intentions and hoped it could be properly restored.


    Cecilia Gimenez, who is in her 80s, was reportedly upset at the way the fresco had deteriorated and took it on herself to "restore" the image.

    She claimed to have had the permission of the priest to carry out the job.

    "(The) priest knew it! He did! How could you do something like that without permission? He knew it!"

    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.

    The woman appears to have realised she was out of her depth and contacted Juan Maria Ojeda, the city councillor in charge of cultural affairs.

    Teresa Garcia, granddaughter of Elias Garcia Martinez, said the woman had painted the tunic before, but the fresco got disfigured when she painted Christ's head.

    'Good intentions'

    Art historians are expected to meet at the church soon to discuss how to proceed.

    Mr Ojeda said: "I think she had good intentions. Next week she will meet with a repairer and explain what kind of materials she used.

    "If we can't fix it, we will probably cover the wall with a photo of the painting."

    The fresco is not thought to be very valuable, but has a high sentimental value for local people.

    Our correspondent says that to make matters worse, the local centre that works to preserve artworks had just received a donation from the painter's granddaughter which they had planned to use to restore the original fresco.


    this is how the painting looked a few years ago

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    this is just before the restoration

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    this is the womans finished restoration

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    I don't sugarcoat anything.....do i look like willy fucking wonka to you

    What an idiot! Facepalm Facepalm

    How could anyone be so stupid to think that they (haveing no knowledge or skill) should attempt to restore something of that age and nature!

    Facepalm Facepalm Facepalm Facepalm

    Wildcard is awesome.

    that story is full of win... if you think about it... she just added extra homo to the painting.

    reminds me of sri.

    "Yeah. I understand the mechanics of it, shithead. I just don't understand how this is any less retarded than what I'm suggesting." - Kiley; Housebound.
    It went from Jesus to beggar to king Kong. Dodgy

    stupid woman. really????
    (This post was last modified: 10-09-2012, 11:48 PM by Bunny.)

    Bunnies are better
    Hahahahaha! LMAO That was just.. sorry, but it was hilarious XD

    They dont have much to do XD

    what?what?reminds me of sri?
    the first pic.it must beHug
    Omg I can't stop laughing! It really does looks like a monkey in an ill fitting tunic now.

    I do my best.
    Facepalm Facepalm Facepalm

    Simply astonishing

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