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Jesus Painting Restoration Goes Wrong: Well-Intentioned Old Lady Destroys 100 Year Old Fresco

jesus christ fresco

A painting of Jesus Christ that hung on the walls of the Sanctuary of Mercy Church in Spain was in desperate need of a touch up. So an elderly parishioner decided to do everyone a favor and restore the fresco herself. Well, it didn’t turn out well.

The woman, in her 80s, completely destroyed the painting.

The BBC reports that the Jesus Christ fresco, Ecce Homo (Behold the Man) by Elias Garcia Martinez, had been in the church for over 100 years and had started to deteriorate due to moisture. The woman noticed that the painting needed a touch up so she brought her supplies to the church and started painting. Church officials didn’t realize what was happening until it was too late.

Juan Maria Ojeda, the City Councillor in charge of cultural affairs, said:

“I think she had good intentions. Next week she will meet with a repairer and explain what kind of materials she used…. If we can’t fix it, we will probably cover the wall with a photo of the painting.”

The BBC notes that the fresco wasn’t particularly valuable, but it did have plenty of sentimental value for the church.

Here’s a before and after photo of the Jesus Christ fresco.

jesus christ fresco

It’s not that bad, right?

There’s no video of the incident, but I’m assuming that it must have happened like this:

[Update: Now that the painting has become famous, the woman who destroyed the painting is now looking to be compensated for her work.]

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53 Responses to “Jesus Painting Restoration Goes Wrong: Well-Intentioned Old Lady Destroys 100 Year Old Fresco”

  1. Steve Gair

    If Jesus can get himself onto potato chips and toast and his mom onto bank windows and tree trunks, why couldn't they help this poor woman out with her art project. Heartless? Too busy with other world events like hurricanes, wars, the US economy? I just think they could have caught her a break.

  2. Steve Gair

    I meant "cut" not "caught" but I hadn't had my morning coffee yet.

  3. Mari Quinn

    horrifying destruction of an irreplaceable piece of art…. who has the audacity to think they could just waltz in and DO that.

  4. Jason B. Lewis

    Interesting, sort of has the elements of a Picasso..I don't think god would mind, as her heart was in the right place

  5. Michael A. Campbell

    I would like to see a video of the restoration. I am an artist, thought my mediums are digital I would like to see how they match colors and figure out value and such etc.

  6. Alfredo Santaolalla

    I actually like this one better than the original. With the publicity it has been getting, it will soon be worth more than the one it tried to 'restore'.

  7. Alfredo Santaolalla

    I actually like this one better than the original. With the publicity it has been getting, it will soon be worth more than the one it tried to 'restore'.

  8. Judy Rae-Horner

    This is ridiculous…..didn't anyone check out the woman and see what kind of restoration she has done in the past? I can't believe it!

  9. Karen Walters Griffee

    They didn't hire her!! She did it on her own before anyone noticed.

  10. Aimee Boswell

    He may have existed, but he was not lily white with long tumbling brown hair. He was born in Africa and hair like the "wool of a lamb". So that would have been tight and curly. Jesus would have looked more like a Sephardic Jew (dark skinned) than an Azakarian (Eastern European, fair skinned).

  11. Justin Joseph

    Wish I could be alive long in 200 years. You know this will be in the future art history books. Be real funny if it makes the cover too!

  12. Brian Beets

    Huh…wonder why a Spanish church, Spanish woman, and Spanish government would care about the US economy? The "they" you are talking about isn't the American "they"…

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  14. Joshua Kricker

    I'm not into Jesus particularly, but art and history are other matters. Is there nothing that can be done to restore it? It's a 100 year old Fresco for Christ's sake.

  15. Roberto Miller

    This old lady honestly thinks she did a great job on the restoration. What's sad is that the painter's family actually donated money to have the fresco redone and were about to start work on it. She said that she had authorization from the priest to start work. She may be right because the clergy have not stepped up to argue the point. All in all I hope she feels bad for messing up the fresco and getting attention for all the wrong reasons.

  16. Steve Gair

    Brian, I meant her god and his mother. THEY could have cut her a break and helped her repaint the fresco.

  17. Anonymous

    Old people: they do what they want, whenever they want because no one has the heart to scream at them. I can't wait to be old and crazy glue some arms onto the Venus de Milo. Bitch needs some arms.

  18. Anonymous

    True. It's extremely unlikely that he was in life as he is depicted now. I've always said it's silly that Jesus is painted as a white guy with soft, gentle wavy brown hair.

  19. Common-sense-guy

    lonnieqky667 . . it sounded very tempting …until i saw the " (signed in using yahoo) " . . shouldn't it be (signed in using google+) or …gmail) ?

  20. Claudia Martinez

    Wow. It's already October and I'm barely reading this. Haha.
    I don't care for her "heartfelt" intentions. She's trying to get money off of something she ruined. If that's okay, then cheating on my boyfriend should have made me thousands.
    Even if the "restored" version has become famous, it won't change the fact that she has ruined someone else's hard work.
    On a lighter note: I LOL'd. I LOL'd hard.

  21. Wedjat Shaunie Mohamed

    its just a painting. pretty sure god doesn't give a $hit. relax.

  22. Wedjat Shaunie Mohamed

    o. and it kinda looks like the X files when someone gets infected by that alien black oil plague where their eyes go black.