Artist botches Ecce Homo Spanish fresco, creates strange monkey Jesus

Parishioners at the Sanctuary of Mercy Church near Zaragoza in Spain now pray to a monkey Jesus thanks to an elderly artist who botched the restoration of Ecce Homo (Behold the Man) by Elias Garcia Martinez.

ruined Spanish fresca

Parishioners at the Sanctuary of Mercy Church near Zaragoza in Spain now pray to a monkey Jesus thanks to an elderly artist who botched the restoration of Ecce Homo (Behold the Man) by Elias Garcia Martinez. An 80-something female parishioner (who from the looks of it had never used a paintbrush before in her life) took it on herself to restore the image. Juan Maria Ojeda, the city official in charge of cultural affairs, described her effort, saying “The once-dignified portrait now resembles a crayon sketch of a very hairy monkey in an ill-fitting tunic.”

Monkey Jesus, have mercy on her soul, and give to her the banana of your forgiveness.

Amen.

Via the BBC

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Author: Joe Donatelli

Joe Donatelli is a writer in Los Angeles. He publishes The Humor Columnist.