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Spanish pensioner makes a monkey out of Jesus

IT was with the best of intentions that Cecilia Gimenez set about restoring a fresco of Jesus in a church near Zaragoza. Unfortunately, she succeeded only in making Christ look like a hairy gorilla.

The result of Cecilia Gimenez’s handiwork. Click on pic for video

Now the pensioner, who is in her 80s and a regular volunteer at the Sanctuario de Misericordia in the village of Borja near Zaragoza, is at the centre of a media storm.

Mrs Jimenez told media that she had been saddened by the deteriorating state of the 19th-century fresco, Ecce Homo (Behold the Man) and decided it needed a makeover.

Cecilia Gimenez

She denied that she had undertaken the work without permission.

The priest knew about it, he did. How could I do something like that without permission? I did not do it secretly, anyone who entered the church could see me painting.

The image was painted by local artist Elias Garcia Martinez more than a century ago but had recently suffered surface damage due to damp conditions in the church.

 

32 responses to “Spanish pensioner makes a monkey out of Jesus”

  1. AgentCormac says:

    I had to chuckle at this from a BBC correspondent: “The once-dignified portrait now resembles a crayon sketch of a very hairy monkey in an ill-fitting tunic.”

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-19349921

  2. barriejohn says:

    She knew what she was up to:

    http://scott.club365.net/?m=200808

  3. barriejohn says:

    Jesus is a friend of mine, hallelujah!
    Jesus is a friend of mine, hallelujah!
    He’s got a monkey face –
    Not of the human race –
    Jesus is a friend of mine!

  4. remigius says:

    That’s going on my next T-shirt!

  5. this lady obviously is an artist ..but …she isnt a religious artist and lets be fair at 83 yrs of age well i blame the church . because as always those greedy clergy try and cut corners ..so let them live with the damage …or paint over it and it will be forgotton in the realms of history and she will be for ever classafied as the woman that made a monkey out of Jesus …not very nice all round ..respect her age everyone …

  6. Matt Westwood says:

    Who cares about some stupid daubing of some silly old geezer who probably didn’t live 2000 years ago and nobody knows what he looked like anyway? Art, schmart. Tear the whole stupid building down and build a rock concert venue instead.

  7. Barry Duke says:

    Is it just me, or are there shades of Francis Bacon in her work?

    http://www.marlboroughfineart.com/biography-Francis-Bacon-62.html

  8. Brian Jordan says:

    @Barry Duke

    Is it just me, or are there shades of Francis Bacon in her work?

    She’d better not go restoring any pictures of Mohammed then!

  9. L.Long says:

    The bat-schite crazy DELUSIONAL Ahole Xtians!!!!!
    They see insult everywhere. Hasn’t anyone bothered to hold a gorilla pix up beside the image???? It does not look anything like a gorilla unless you are bat-schite!! All that happened was a bad restoration and anyone who don’t like it can try to do better. But then since jesus is NOT a white skinned blue eyed hippy. maybe her restoration is closer to true and that is what really pissed everyone off!

  10. barriejohn says:

    Good point, L.Long. The following has been raised here before:

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/1243339.stm

  11. Jim Jones says:

    Should have stayed in the kitchen. She might have done less damage there.

  12. Dave H says:

    Viva la Evolucion!

  13. Glenn says:

    “Ecce Homo Reloaded. The Movie”

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p35CDKEeFfE

  14. Marky Mark says:

    (this lady obviously is an artist)

    No she is not!!…how could a real artist f*ck that up? Almost like painting by numbers.

    And I’m saying this from experience. Besides video I have some decent artistic talents as well…and have been paid for them. Though not religious paintings, i have repaired other damaged subjects using several mediums… Oil, acrylic, airbrush, Pen & Ink…ect

    This woman sucks!!

  15. Marky Mark says:

    I know what she did wrong…she couldn’t match the weathered existing paint so she decided to paint over the entire painting…and sucks at painting.

    Or maybe this is an example of how Christians perceive the world around them…all fuzzy.

  16. Matt Westwood says:

    No, no — you just don’t get it! She’s done a self-portrait! Can’t you see …?

  17. tony e says:

    I have to disagree with many of the comments on this topic.

    On viewing this woman’s work I had a satisfying chuckle for several minutes at the sublime genius of her work. Imagine evolution in reverse…….?

    I would love, tongue in cheek, for her to be voted secularist of the year.

  18. cathy says:

    I’m not an aficionado of iconic art, but I hope she was arrested for vandalism

  19. Robster says:

    Given the baby jesus was of some sort of (alleged) middle eastern breed, could this be a more honest likeness as opposed to the middle class American look of most jesus’ loved by his deluded minions? It would also broaden jesus’ occupation passed that of being just a carpenter or was it fisherman. He could be portrayed as a wrestler or kick boxer or something that might appeal to the kiddies and we all know how much they all love the kiddies, ‘specially those under 12 for the purpose of a little nookie or indoctrination.

  20. valproic says:

    Who can tell whether Cecilia’s rendition of Jesus is not closer to the truth than the more common flights of fancy?

  21. Paul M says:

    Guys, this is it. I think I’m going to have to convert to christianity after this appeared on my toast this morning.

    http://imgur.com/wpYO0

  22. Angela_K says:

    All this fuss over a poor quality, unimportant painting by a little know artist because the subject is alleged to be a person from mythology.

    If the subject was an impression of the Loch Ness Monster, would there be such cod outrage?

    @Jim Jones “Should have stayed in the kitchen. She might have done less damage there” Bit sexist that, what?

  23. Matt Westwood says:

    @Paul M: It’s the comments that crack me up, e.g. “In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Toast.”

  24. David Anderson says:

    Jim Jones should stay in the ape house with the rest of the knuckle draggers.

  25. teach says:

    yeah looks good hahaha

  26. GabrielaTM25 says:

    The Jesus Christ’s image was modified to look like Misses Vandana Shiva from India, Asia.

  27. Marky Mark says:

    Robster said:
    (Given the baby jesus was of some sort of (alleged) middle eastern breed, could this be a more honest likeness as opposed to the middle class American look of most jesus’ loved by his deluded minions?)

    …sooo true !! “IF”, there was a man named Jesus from the Middle East he most certainly would be brown skinned like the residence now. The whole blue-eyed, brown-haired, white Jesus should be evidence enough that their religion is a hoax.
    The reason this image was created was to satisfy the European followers that they were special, created in gods own image. This belief also gave them reason to direct their hate toward other races, and easer to enslave them like the Baptists did in the southern United States prior to our civil war.

    Seen an excellent doc years ago where archeologists, FBI artist, recreated Jesus’ image had he been a real person from the middle east…and surprisingly he looked much like this woman’s picture…maybe she is a good artiest.

  28. barriejohn says:

    Marky Mark: I posted the following link above. I think that may be what you are referring to!

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/1243339.stm

  29. remigius says:

    It had to happen. Now anyone can restore their very own Ecce Homo…

    http://www.ceciliaprize.com/