Ecce Mono (Candle)


 A combination of three documents provided by the Centre de Estudios Borjanos on Aug 22, 2012 shows the original version of the painting Ecce Homo, (left), by 19th-century painter Elias Garcia Martinez, the deteriorated version, (centre), and the restored version by an elderly woman in Spain. An elderly woman’s catastrophic attempt to “restore” a century-old oil painting of Christ in a Spanish church has provoked popular uproar, and amusement. — PHOTO: AFP

 A small Spanish town is trying to figure out what to do with a century-old painting of Christ that has been disfigured by a local artist who took it upon herself to restore it.

Juan Maria Ojeda, an official in Borja town, said 80-year-old Celia Gimenez decided to touch up the fresco of Christ wearing a crown of thorns in the Misericordia church because she thought it need restoration. He said no one realised how badly disfigured the painting was until she rang town hall to say what she had done.

The fate of the painting has made national news in Spain.

The fresco is of the genre known as “Ecce Homo” style (“Behold the Man”). But on Thursday some Twitter users were dubbing it “Ecce Mono” (“Behold the Monkey”)


Filed under The Ramblings of a Reformed Ecclesiastic

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