Some painters die penniless, their work unappreciated. So it seems only fair after her artwork attracted global attention that Cecilia Gimenez make some money — even if she did make Jesus look like a hairy monkey.
The 80-year-old Spanish parishioner became a worldwide laughing stock earlier this year after her botched restoration of a 19-century fresco of Christ with a crown of thorns became an internet sensation.
Crowds have since swarmed to Gimenez’s handiwork, paying the Sanctuary of Mercy Church in Borja, near Zaragoza, 4 euros each to marvel or mock. And now Gimenez wants a slice of the action.
Enrique Trebolle, the lawyer hired by Gimenez, said that Gimenez wanted her cut of the profits to help Muscular atrophy charities because her son suffers from the condition.