The happy ending in the Beast Jesus fresco fiasco

The residents of Borja, Spain, profit from the worst art restoration ever

Spanish fresco
(Image credit: AP Photo/Centro de Estudios Borjanos)

Last August, 81-year-old Cecilia Gimenez became a global laughingstock when she confessed to being the painter behind the "Beast Jesus" — an appallingly bad and unauthorized restoration of a 19th-century fresco in her church in Borja, Spain, depicting Jesus wearing a crown of thorns.

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