Now You Too Can Restore Your Own Ecce Homo Fresco

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The original version of the fresco "Ecce Homo" by 19th century painter Elias Garcia Martinez, left, the deteriorated version, middle, and the version restored by an elderly woman in Spain

You probably thought the Internet had finally grown tired of mocking the now infamous botched restoration of a 200-year-old Spanish fresco depicting Jesus. Except, not really, because the restored version is so profoundly ridiculous that it’s still ripe for satire.

Enter the Cecilia Prize, named for Cecilia Gimenez, the well-intentioned Spanish octogenarian responsible for the disfigured painting. After Gimenez noticed that the fresco in the Santuario de la Misericordia, a church in the northeastern Spanish city of Borja, had become a bit shabby over the years she decided to intervene. The new interactive website explains:

The Cecilia Prize for amateur restoration has been created in honor of all the fixers out there. Tweet your entry with #ceciliaprize for your chance to win a poster of the restored Ecce Homo, the painting by the now world-famous Cecilia Gimenez.

(MORE: Worst. Restoration. Ever. Elderly Woman Botches Touch-Up Job on 19th Century Church Fresco)

The contest has already yielded plenty of results — several of which are truly genius. Not feeling up to the challenge of creating your own? You can still browse the gallery, powered by Pinterest. Here are a few of NewsFeed’s favorite entries:

A rather realistic depiction of Breaking Bad’s Walter White, this painting still maintains the integrity of the original, keeping Jesus’ posture and facial expression intact.

This depiction of Nigel Thornberry from Nickelodeon’s The Wild Thornberrys isn’t just entertaining, it’s also pretty impressive, artistically speaking. (Gratuitous fun fact: Nigel Thornberry is voiced by Tim Curry.)

Everyone, meet Ecce Jackson. Oh, sweet, sweet sacrilege.

Another entertainer we’re not surprised to see. In fact, we’re surprised there weren’t more depictions of Gaga. (Hint: Get to work, people.)

And of course, no Internet contest would be complete without a nod to viral sensation Nyan Cat.

MORE: Top 10 Art Accidents

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Alex Soufi
Alex Soufi

Come on, everyone knows the worst restoration ever was Whistler's Mother in the movie Bean (1997).

Dorinda Polley
Dorinda Polley

Gratuitous fun fact: @facebook-100003839059561:disqus Nigel Thornberry is voiced by Tim Curry.

P_Abraham
P_Abraham

Or at least there would be more uproar. 

P_Abraham
P_Abraham

This is extremely inappropriate. If it were the imagine of anyone of importance from other religious denominations, this article would not have been published. 

Jeff Jones
Jeff Jones

The mistake says a great deal about the minds of certain individuals and their non unbiased view of the world.

I would not doubt if the person has a problem and literally views the world differently.

Some people do.

Egger
Egger

I agree that she literally views the world differently...because she is probably partially blind.  Cataracts can cause blurry vision of which her horrible "restoration" is an example.

Jesusman
Jesusman

An elderly woman destroys a 19th century painting... the internet rejoices: goo.gl/nNNmP

Being Colored
Being Colored

I find this to be both disrespectful and sad.

LoudRambler
LoudRambler

 I strongly disagree.

 To begin with, this is not an attempt to show a disrespect to Jesus - the whole thing is supposed to satirize do-gooders who often miscalculate their own skill and do more harm then good.

 Now let me explain, why this is not sacrilegious.

 Firstly, the First Commandment explicitly prohibits worshiping an image of the God as opposed to the God.

 Secondly, Jesus is probably one of the most portrayed person in the world. Guess what happens with 99% of his depictions? They end up in a landfill. Yes, in a landfill, laying right there, between rotten fish and rotten vegetables.

 If this is not sacrilegious, then the "mock botched job" contest definitely isn't too.