JEEPERS H. CHRIST An elderly woman’s catastrophic attempt to restore a century-old oil painting of Christ in a Spanish church has provoked popular uproar, and amusement. Titled Ecce Homo (“Behold the Man”), the original was no masterpiece, painted in two hours in 1910 by a certain Elias Garcia Martinez directly on a column in the church at Borja, northeastern Spain. The well-intentioned but ham-fisted amateur artist, in her 80s, took it upon herself to fill in the patches and paint over the original work, which depicted Christ crowned with thorns, his sorrowful gaze lifted to heaven. Oh, He’s sorrowful all right. (Photo: Centro de Estudios Borjanos via AFP / The Telegraph)
Funny yesterday; funny today.
I think this fresco fiasco is what’s saving me from complete emotional breakdown. It’s just so undeniably, unavoidably funny that I can’t help but laugh and feel better.