Cecilia Gimenez

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It is the botched restoration that just keeps giving. Beast Jesus — the “Ecce Homo” fresco that now resembles a primate thanks to octonagerian restorer Cecilia Giménez — will make its stage debut this month.

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It was inevitable: Beast Jesus is getting its very own arts center in its home of Borja, Spain.

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In Brief

How Beast Jesus Saved a Spanish Town

by Benjamin Sutton on December 15, 2014

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Anyone who still doubts that internet memes can have an impact on the real world should pay a visit to the small town of Borja, in northeastern Spain. Thousands of tourists have been doing just that ever since local amateur art restorer Cecilia Giménez blessed us with Beast Jesus.

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Are you ready for the collecting opportunity of the century? Cecilia Gimenez, the (in)famous artist behind the restoration of Elias Garcia Martinez’s “Ecce Homo” in a church in northeastern Spain, is selling her original work on eBay.

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Beast Jesus

Cecilia Gimenez’s creative restoration of an 120-year-old ecce homo fresco by Elias Garcia Martinez in Spain may have become an international icon for its frizzy mane of hair and blurred face (even inspiring a Halloween costume), but it could all vanish in a matter of minutes.

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Colbert Report Takes on Beast Jesus Master

by Hrag Vartanian on September 21, 2012

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The tragic/demented/whatever-it-is story of Cecilia Gimenez has entered a new phases of its pop culture notoriety when last night Stephen Colbert of The Colbert Report took on the Spanish restoration “master.”

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In what can only be described as the most unbelievable turn of events around the Beast Jesus debacle, Techdirt says the woman at the center of the global sensation is claiming copyright and wants a cut of the tourist money bonanza that has hit the small Spanish church.

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Not only does the internet love Cecilia Gimenez and her Beast Jesus restoration job — so do real life, flesh-and-blood people! Apparently hundreds of tourists have begun making pilgrimages to see the work and take pictures with it, after the apparently well-intentioned octogenarian Eskimo-fied Elías García Martínez’s 19th-century fresco of Jesus. The painting sits on a column between two altars in the Iglesia del Santuario de Misericordia church in Borja, Spain, a small town with a population of around 5,000. Who said the internet was only good for weak ties?

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The overnight artstar and founder of Gimenez Modern Restoration Services may have known what she was doing all along … hmmmmm …

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This week, those of us in the Hyperallergic offices have been obsessed with the story of Cecilia Gimenez, the really bad octogenarian art “restorer” who transformed a 19th C church fresco by painter Elías García Martínez into a meme-worthy art work. And the resulting meme rocks!

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