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Woman Who Destroyed Church’s Jesus Painting Wants Compensation For Her Work

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When 80-year-old Cecilia Gimenez destroyed a fresco of Jesus Christ at the Santuario de Misericordia in Spain, she was extremely apologetic. Now that the painting — which had its title changed from Ecce Homo (Behold the Man) to Ecce Mono (Behold the Monkey) — has become extremely popular, the woman wants to be compensated for her work.

It was reported earlier this year that Giminez, 80, took it upon herself to restore the fading Ecce Homo at the Spanish church. The little old lady underestimated the project and ended up creating what is now known as the Jesus monkey. (And yes, if this reminds you about the scene of Mr. Bean in Bean, you’re not alone.)

After the incident, Giminez experienced tremendous anxiety. Gawker reports that the old woman has recovered from the trauma of destroying a historical painting and now wants to be compensated for her work.

The fresco of Jesus became an internet sensation after it was destroyed (improved) by Giminez. People have been flocking to the church to see it, and the woman believes that she should get a piece of the action. According to Ars Technica, the sanctuary’s owners, the Santi Spiritus Hospital Foundation, made about $2500 in just four days from people coming to see the painting.

El Correo reports that the church, which is trying to raise money to restore the painting from its botched restoration, has also hired lawyers to protect it from any sort of copyright lawsuit.

Do you think Cecilia Gimenez should be compensated for her work? She did, after all, make the painting famous. Of course, she did also destroy church property. What do you think?

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17 Responses to “Woman Who Destroyed Church’s Jesus Painting Wants Compensation For Her Work”

  1. Daniel Jason Prall

    I think She should get compensated for suffering as well. I think what she did is hilarious and bring out really what religion is all about. Iconography and false impressionism. Humans are too attached to material things and really don't take better interest in humanity. I think her case is worth about say….50,000 USD which is a lot in their currency I am sure. How long will it hold value? I am not sure.

  2. Everett Bonds

    Have the church sue the old woman for destroying an iconic artwork of Jesus. Maybe she'll have to go into rehab. Can you imagine? Wanting to be paid for destroying a painting? Rediculous.

  3. Zander Sheneequa De Jong

    She should not only be payed for destroying something founded on lies, but for making the world laugh in the process.

  4. Joseph Russo

    Wow. Unbelievable. "Humans are too attached to material things." So to fix it we should give her… money?…a material thing? The church did an excellent thing by not suing her or even scolding her for ruining a hundred year old fresco. The fact that people want them to have to compensate her just because its a religious organization proves that this secular movement is just as religious and blind as any other actual religion. Ridiculous.

  5. Joseph Russo

    You see, this comment proves that the members of this new internet secularism are just as religious, emotional, and irrational as actual religious individuals. OP literally wants the church to pay simply because they are a church. It doesn't matter to him what is actually right or wrong in this situation, he just knows the church is a religious organization so instantly believes they (the church) are at fault and should be punished. Its absolutely ridiculous.

  6. Richard Kim

    Starting your argument with a personal insult. Real fuckin classy, 'Steve'.

    Who gives a shit if she botched the painting, I'm not religious, but it's still just a god damn painting.

  7. Josh Korth

    Joseph Russo Replying to your comment almost a year after… you seem to be swinging a double edged sword sir. On one hand you rebuke the secular movement for being bigoted and hateful, and then you turn around and call any Religion the same. It's like you mock someone for doing something, and then do the same. I think there is a word for that. It's called hypocrite.