We’ve heard of Jesus’ fabled ability to resurrect himself but Beast Jesus has proven that he can go from painted plaster to IRL in what can only be described as a freakin’ miracle.
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.”
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.
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!
The caper of the octogenarian restorer continues! And it keeps getting better and better … we’ll call this episode: The Priest Knew!
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
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.