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…
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.