Spanish pensioner makes a monkey out of Jesus Christ
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.
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.
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.