Experts are now trying to salvage the painting of Jesus Christ in a crown of thorns, known as “Ecce Homo,” or “behold the man.” The terribly botched restoration has been jokingly dubbed “Ecce Mono,” or “behold the monkey” for the new painting’s striking similarity to what BBC called “a crayon sketch of a very hairy monkey in an ill-fitting tunic.”

The failed artist was identified in Spanish media as Cecilia Gimenez, a churchgoer in her 80s who was apparently dissatisfied with the rate of restoration on the fresco as it hung in The Sanctuary of Mercy Church near the Spanish city of Zaragoza.

The elderly woman acted without authorization from anyone, according to the Center for Borjanos, a local cultural organization which had received a donation to restore Elias Garcia Martinez’s original fresco in coming months.



  1. hmeyers says:

    Why aren’t Muslims upset?

    The dopey looking picture, that’s Muhammed. It is against Islamic law to portray him in a picture.

  2. pedro says:

    Does anyone think she’ll feel singled out whenever she goes back for mass?

  3. Bennett Turk says:

    I think the painting looks like Alice the Goon from the Popeye cartoons. Cecilia Gimenez is either a “paint by numbers” artist or someone who should be limited to drawing with crayons in a coloring book.