The worst restoration in the history of art - the best news for your native city!

The destruction of the true work of an inept enthusiast in Spain for two years now is a talk of not only art historians, but also of the Internet public. However, the story of frescoes disfigured by Cecilia Gimenez gets an unexpectedly happy continuation. No, the mural is not yet restored. But the current state of affairs obliges to remember both Warhol and Borges.In 2012, 80-year-old Cecilia Gimenez (Cecilia Gimenez) - a parishioner of the church town of Borja (near the city of Zaragoza) fabulously transformed the fresco Ecce Homo ("This man"), created in 1910. Her "restored" version of the image of Jesus Christ by artist Elias Garcia Martinez on one of the columns of the church building at first caused a squall of indignation, then - Internet "memes", and, finally, delight.
The object is already called “fluffy Jesus”, and it is from afar, if not pilgrims, then adherents of the media and victims of pop art, who seek it from afar.In a provincial town for 2 years, 150 thousand tourists have been fairly enriched the city treasury. So now to the timid chorus of art fans Cecilia, who claim that her "creation" - the subject of contemporary art, joined by fellow citizens. T-shirts, local wines, small souvenirs are only part of the tourist offer of Borja. One wants to say “Borges” - the story is ironic - modern-mystical. It is possible to withdraw some kind of morality! Well, or to benefit: Cecilia Gimenez seriously claims to be part of the financial pie — she would like to spend the money ... on charity!And we again think about the strangeness of human perception, the methods and paradoxes of Andy Warhol and the power of "PR." Not particularly masterpiece and not too ancient work of an almost unknown author becomes world-famous only after anecdotal “restoration”. Well, just "Mother Whistler" in the treatment of Mr. Bean!
In general, we are a little afraid for other frescoes: what if enthusiasts in other unpopular places start to “improve” ancient works for the sake of tourist benefit?