Industry Mocks Elderly Woman's Botched Fresco Restoration
Acclaimed comic book writer Gail Simone tweeted: "You know, that 16th century fresco above my toilet is looking a little shabby...where are my Sharpies?"
Sometimes good intentions turn out horribly, horribly wrong.
Case in point: When an “ecce homo” fresco of Jesus turned up at a Spanish church, its subject looking more like an ape than the son of God, authorities speculated vandals had struck.
But an elderly parishioner has stepped forward to claim responsibility for the 19th century painting's new look, the New York Times reports.
Cecilia Giménez said she was trying to restore the painting, which is her favorite depiction of Christ wearing a crown of thorns. Giménez, who is in her 80s, appeared on Spanish television to explain how she attempted to repair parts of the work that had flaked off over the years. She also claimed a priest at the church housing the painting had given his blessing for her to restore it.
The world at large and the entertainment industry have responded with glee to the unintentional desecration:
At one level, this is sad. At another level it's the funniest gd thing I've seen in a while: nytimes.com/2012/08/24/wor…— Christopher Hayes (@chrislhayes) August 23, 2012
Thanks to everyone who sent me this. So funny. Would love to see other examples of her work! independent.ie/entertainment/…— Graham Linehan (@Glinner) August 23, 2012
"How's that restoration of that priceless fresco going?" "NAILED IT."— mattfraction (@mattfraction) August 23, 2012
You know, that 16th century fresco above my toilet is looking a little shabby...where are my Sharpies?— GailSimone (@GailSimone) August 23, 2012
Well, this was a pretty good laugh. nytimes.com/2012/08/24/wor…— Andy Daly (@TVsAndyDaly) August 23, 2012
This is hysterical! bbc.co.uk/news/world-eur… An elderly parishioner has stunned Spain with an alarming attempt to restore a prized fresco— Nina Garcia (@ninagarcia) August 22, 2012
As for the fate of the amateur restoration artist, authorities are considering bringing charges against her.
The painting's botched restoration was brought to public attention this month after the descendants of its artist, Elías García Martíne, suggested donations be solicited for its preservation.