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Botched 'Ecco Homo' Jesus painter, Cecilia Gimenez, gets last laugh

She didn't mean to, but an elderly Spanish woman who did the worst restoration ever also made up for it.

The Ecce Homo painting, before and after restoration. YouTube Screengrab

It was called “the worst restoration of all time.”

Poor Cecilia Gimenez, a retired Spanish octogenarian, just wanted to fix up her favorite depiction of Christ, a flaking masterpiece called “Ecco Homo” (Behold the man).

Unfortunately, her deft touch transformed the fresco into “Ecco Mono” (Behold the monkey). The terrible, smudged result was discovered at the church of Santuario de Misericondia in northeast Spain after the great-granddaughter of the artist, Elías García Martínez, made a donation.

Gimenez was endlessly ridiculed; her botched restoration became the subject of countless parodies. But, possibly a testament to the church's name (the Shrine of Divine Mercy), Gimenez now has some respite.

According to the Associated Press, the painting has received over 40,000 visitors and earned the church more than 50,000 euros ($66,285). Merchandize for "Ecco Mono," including mugs and t-shirts, is flying off the shelves.

Gimenez's own work is even attracting eager bidders on eBay. All proceeds will go to charity: a happy ending for history's most horrendous smudging.

Kristine Arante More than 1 year ago
Not "Transfiguration" but "Disfiguration". LOL. On a brighter note, it's definitely another blessing in disguise. :P
William Barnes More than 1 year ago
I laughed until I cried. This is a prime example of a 'Tradgicomedy'. Unfortunately, the original may now be lost.
samuel1chandel More than 1 year ago
upto I looked at the receipt which was of 8407 dollar, I didn't believe friends brother woz actualy making money parttime on there computar.. there brothers friend haz done this 4 less than 12 months and just now paid for the morgage on their condo and bought a top of the range Fiat Panda. go to, www.Work25ℂℴℳ