Touching Up

The Color: Field and Form series to date
UPDATED: Sunday, August, 26
By now you've all read the story and seen the pictures of what happened when Cecilia Gimenez, an amateur painter, undertook the "restoration" of a 19th-century fresco of Jesus, Ecce Homo, in the small church of the Santuario de Misericordia in Borgia, Spain. (Story here from El Pais, where it originated, and here from Gawker in translated retelling.)  The result was, um, less than expected.

From left, Ecce Homo by Elias Garcia Martinez, two years ago; its condition last month; and just after repainting. Image from Gawker story 
Things got worse from there. The family of the artist is horrified, but the "restored" fresco has become a tourist attraction. Of course it has spawned a host of parodies. The following images are from Facebook, the Internet in general, and personal email messages:

Mona Lisa, Mona Lisa, men have named you.--Nat King Cole
But it took a Facebook post to maim you

The Last Restoration

My Facebook friend, Joe Merrell, posted this to my Timeline

Paint what you know, right Bob Ross?

Yes, you have the punchline for this one: The restoration really went to the dogs. That's Rowlf, of course
Then, just when I thought I was finished, my buddy Zach Alan sent me links to more. If I don't have attributions or if I get them wrong, please let know. My intention is to include not exclude.
Everyone knows the Sistine Chapel just got a restoration. So I'm surprised it was Adam's face that got the addition. From the Beast Jesus Restoration Society, where you'll see much more

Well, now we have to call it Piss-poor Christ, image via Zach Alan on Facebook

"If you hear a voice within you say 'you cannot paint,' then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced." --Vincent Can Gogh
If, however, you hear that voice tell you to restore paintings, then by all means cut off your ear. Image via Zach Alan on Facebook

That whirring sound you hear is Gustav turning in his grave. From the  Behold Thee Face ov God blog
You can only imagine that face on the Rockwell Thanksgiving turkey. Image from Lynn Basa on Facebook via John Nagus 
Salvador Dali, Christ of St. John of the Cross, by Michael Jaecks via Lori Ellison

Munch's screamer would if he could. Image Via the Internet
 Andy's Marilyn gets a makeover in honor of Cecilia Gimenez's 15 minutes of fame


Nancy Natale said...

These are really great! Where would we be without some humor? Obviously, we'd be in Tampa waiting for god to join the party.

Judy Wise said...

What a fun post. Thanks, Joanne.

gilda snowden said...

I laughed so hard that my coffee came up through my nose! Thanks for posting these....humor is good medicine!

Making A Mark said...

Very funny - and well done to boot!

I'll be posting a link to this in the "and finally......" section of 'who's made a mark this week?' later today

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Adria Arch said...

One of the funniest art posts ever. Thanks, Joanne!

Caterina Giglio said...

terribly... funny...

Unknown said...

I laugh! Thanks for the collection, Joanne! -sus

Karidinay said...

I think the Munch one and the Warhol one work quite well.