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Henry Johnstone, Sydney - Australia - on 27/8/12
We just couldn't resist reporting on this one, not only because is it one of the worst botched attempts at art restoration in history, but also because it's absolutely hilarious.
So, the story goes that Spanish retiree Cecilia Jimenez, 81, loved a crumbling, 120-year-old fresco of Jesus so much that she decided to give it a bit of a touch up herself, with the aim of restoring the painting to its former glory. The unfortunate result is a transformation of her lord and saviour into, as one critic put it, "a very hairy monkey in an ill-fitting tunic". Have a look at the debacle below.
The most shocking revelation surrounding the whole scenario is that the priest from Sanctuary of Mercy Church in Borja, where the painting is located, was in fact aware of the whole situation from the very beginning.
"We have always repaired everything ourselves here. The priest knew about it. Of course he did," Jiminez told Spanish TV. Though our favourite retort from Jiminez so far has to be her claim that she "hasn't finished yet".
In a further twist to the tale, hundreds of visitors have since poured into the town to witness the mess for themselves, along with almost 18,000 people having also signed an online petition to halt the town's plan to return the painting to its pre-restoration glory.
The memes are rolling in thick and fast, too. Behold...
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