The art world (and much of the internet) has been in a tizzy recently about a well-meaning elderly Spanish woman’s thoroughly botched attempt to restore a 19th centure fresco entitled Ecce Homo (Behold the Man) by Elias Garcia Martinez. For more than a century the painting has held price of place at the Sanctuary of Mercy Church near Zaragoza, Spain. Over the years the painting had deteriorated due to exposure to humidity. Cecilia Jiminez was distressed by the sorry state of the beloved portrait and took it upon herself to attempt to restore it:
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.
Professional restorers plan to examine the painting to determine if proper restoration is possible. In the meantime, the Archie McPhee staff decided to attempt their own “restoration” of one of our Jesus Action Figures:
The results bear an uncanny resemblance to the current unfortunate state of the Ecce Homo fresco.
Mighty Monkey was sent to us as a sample a few years ago and it was love at first sight. We wanted him just as he was, but the makers kept presenting us with options to “improve” him. This picture shows a variety of hairstyle possibilities, from full blown shock wig to crewcut. Even out of context, we think this picture, like Might Monkey, is a piece of art worthy of hanging in any art gallery.
If you are interested in Mighty Monkey, get some fast, they’re almost gone.