However, just a small detour away is one of the most iconic paintings of the decade, the Ecce Homo, a Spanish art restoration disaster which became a viral sensation and event made a Saturday Night Live sketch. During the peak of its virality, the painting was getting unflattering nicknames such as Potato Jesus and, my favourite, Monkey Jesus and the lady responsible for it started suffering from health issues due to the stress. Recently I was passing through the area with my family thought we should make the small detour to see the Monkey Jesus for ourselves. The town of Borja is famous for. As with most Spanish towns, there are a couple of nice churches, but not much else. We only happened to be passing through as we were heading to a pretty town called Tarazona, a few kilometres further up the road. That said, one thing Borja does well is wine.
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Her efforts were only partly finished when she left town on a trip, but pictures of her work were uploaded to the internet where they quickly went viral. Soon, the painting was mocked around the world, and came to be known as Potato Jesus or Monkey Christ. Now, years later, the clumsy restoration has proved to be a reliable tourist attraction for the area. Today, Borja receives 16, visitors a year, according to The Guardian.
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As another religious painting restoration goes horribly wrong, we take a look at some of the finest examples of butchered statues, art installations and frescoes. In the latest instalment of the greatest genre of art news — and I write that as a lover of art — another restoration has gone awry. It is no longer immaculate. It now looks like an e-fit issued by a local police force, with those thin eyebrows popular in the 90s. They destroy things. Here are some of the best worst restorations in art. I mentioned the best one of all time, and it is impossible not to begin with it.
Thanks, Potato Jesus. Half his face had peeled off! In her absence, the community became incensed over the unfinished product, and shared a before-and-after photo online. It probably did not hurt, either, that the image immediately gained widespread traction, and attracted admirers in droves: In December , the New York Times reported that , tourists had flocked to Borja to pay their respects to Potato Jesus, each paying a euro for the privilege. Visitors can also purchase Potato Jesus swag: T-shirts, mugs, keychains, magnets, teddy bears please, someone, send pics , mouse pads, and more. Hell, you can even buy Potato Jesus wine , should you feel so inclined. The newfound revenue source created a new industry, which in turn created jobs.