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An elderly parishioner has stunned Spanish cultural officials with an alarming and unauthorised attempt to restore a prized Jesus Christ fresco.


Ecce Homo (Behold the Man) by Elias Garcia Martinez has held pride of place in the Sanctuary of Mercy Church near Zaragoza for more than 100 years.


The woman took her brush to it after years of deterioration due to moisture.


Cultural officials said she had the best intentions and hoped it could be properly restored.



The woman, in her 80s, was reportedly upset at the way the fresco had deteriorated and took it on herself to "restore" the image.


BBC Europe correspondent Christian Fraser says the delicate brush strokes of Elias Garcia Martinez have been buried under a haphazard splattering of paint.


The once-dignified portrait now resembles a crayon sketch of a very hairy monkey in an ill-fitting tunic, he says.


The woman appears to have realised she was out of her depth and contacted Juan Maria Ojeda, the city councillor in charge of cultural affairs.


Art historians are expected to meet at the church soon to discuss how to proceed.


Mr Ojeda 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 fresco is not thought to be very valuable, but has a high sentimental value for local people.


Our correspondent says that to make matters worse, the local centre that works to preserve artworks had just received a donation from the painter's granddaughter which they had planned to use to restore the original fresco.



edit...i cant change the title to grandma or nan

Edited by Tony Le Mesmer
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I have to ask, why did you say 'Grandad' in the title.



I read the headline and saw the picture, felt it needed no more explanation and decided to post it here before I read the article and discovered it was a woman wot done it.

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Great story. Where did she paint over it though? In the church, or did she take it away with her? Either way, how did nobody notice?


In the church itself. She said that people could see that she was 'painting', nobody did naything about it though !

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