Cecilia Gimenez

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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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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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Post image for In Bizarre Turn of Events, Beast Jesus Maker Demands Royalties

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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Post image for An Unreleased Interview with Cecilia Gimenez

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

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Post image for A Star Is Born: Internet Loves Disfigured Jesus Fresco

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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Post image for Octogenarian Restorer Says the Priest Knew What She Was Doing

The caper of the octogenarian restorer continues! And it keeps getting better and better … we’ll call this episode: The Priest Knew!

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Post image for Exclusive: Octogenarian Restorer Strikes Again!

Remember the infamous 80 year old who “restored” the 19th C. fresco in a Spanish church? Some may think it’s a joke, but we think she’s a genius. We invited The Punk Restorer™ — we thought she needed rebranding — to shuck away her attempts to restore minor works and tackle masterpieces instead.

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In what can only be described as an art conservation nightmare, a 19th C. church fresco in the town of Borja, Spain, by painter Elías García Martínez has been radically “restored” by an octogenarian neighbor.

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