Behold the Monkey: Woman wants royalties for epic restoration of Jesus painting fail
On September 24, 2012 At 3:03 am
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Remember that story about the worst restoration of a Jesus painting ever?
Back in August, we learned that an elderly Spanish woman took it upon herself to restore Ecce Homo, a painting donated to the Centro de Estudios Borjanos in Borja, Spain, by the granddaughter of 19th-century painter Elías García Martínez.
It seems the 80-year-old woman is now "lawyer-ing up."
The Young Turks' Ana Kasparian and Cenk Uygur report that the daily Spanish-language newspaper El Correo says that she has hired lawyers and wants royalties from the fees church owners are charging visitors.
According to The Young Turks, "80-year-old Cecilia Gimenez, initially defended her volunteer work saying she was restoring the decaying Ecce Homo ("Behold the Man") portrait because no one else would. The before and after pictures went viral across the globe and tourists began arriving in droves — but very few were leaving donations according to Ars Technica. The sanctuary's owners, the Santi Spiritus Hospital Foundation, reportedly made $2,600 in four days from visitors wanting to see Ecce Mono, or "Behold the Monkey" as it's now called.
The Young Turks showed some of the memes based on this restored work, which are absolutely hilarious. Watch: