...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.
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I think it's forking brilliant. Pictures of ol' jebus are ten-a-penny, how often do you see a picture of bigfoot in a sardine tin? Not often enough, I tell you. Give that woman an exhibition.
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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.
At what point did she stop saying to herself, yeah, this looks like Jesus because she got pretty far with the hairy monkey with the blurry stuck-out tongue before realizing this. I'm going to assume one's eyesight gets REALLY BAD in their eighties now.
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When will this be a print I can frame and hang on my dorm room wall?
Yes, I would so buy this!
I keep thinking about this and giggling at inappropriate times. Today I spent several minutes trying to explain to my mother why I was laughing, and ended up having to send her a link because I just could not adequately describe hairy Jesus monkey.
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i feel bad for the old woman. i keep imagining my great-grandma trying to patch a hole in my favorite sweater and somehow shredding the whole thing, and her finally having to come to me all filled with guilt and shame over her would-be good deed gone horribly wrong. i would laugh about that, too, but later, after i had made grandma some tea.
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