Since Cecilia Giménez Zueco transformed Elías García Martínez’s “Ecce Homo” into the viral sensation “Monkey Jesus,” the Santuario de Misericordia has been turned into an interactive tribute to the two artists’ improbable collaboration.
Cecilia Giménez Zueco’s botched restoration of a small fresco in Spain looks as entrancingly bad in person as it does in pictures.
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?
The caper of the octogenarian restorer continues! And it keeps getting better and better … we’ll call this episode: The Priest Knew!
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.