Canada Finally Has its Own Candidate for ‘Worst Restoration in History’

When a Spanish octogenarian was asked to restore a fading fresco painting of Jesus in the town of Borja, Spain, no one could have predicted the viral sensation to follow.

Cecilia Giménez, an amateur painter, turned the almost 100-year-old painting into whatever this is on the right:


Local press called it “the worst restoration in history,” a title one Canadian sculptor would like to bring home.

A Sudbury artist recently volunteered to re-sculpt the head of baby Jesus at a local church after it was beheaded by vandals. Father Gerard Lajeunesse of St Anne des Pins accepted the offer since professionally re-heading the statue would come at a cost of around $10,000.

It’s a classic case of you get what you pay for…


Photo: Marina von Stackelberg/CBC

The good news for hurt, surprised, and disappointment parishioners, per the CBC, is that the new clay head will likely erode soon in the rain and a second draft will follow.

“I don’t expect it to last long. She plans on sculpting in stone sometime next year,” said Lajeunesse. “It’s a first try. It’s a first go. And hopefully what is done at the end will please everyone.”

“I wasn’t trained for this in seminary.” Indeed.

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