An artistic disaster that makes a world famous for an old lady and a Spanish city - BBC News Arabic

An artistic disaster that makes a world famous for an old lady and a Spanish city – BBC News Arabic

  • Shin Suzuki
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The distorted painting is far more famous than the original painting

It all started on August 7, 2012, with a post on a culture and arts blog in Borja, a small town in Spain, with a population of just 5,000.

The post was talking about a fresco painted on the wall of the town’s Shrine of Mercy church subjected to a mysterious “intervention” that led to its mutilation.

The mural bears the name “Ecce Homo”, a painting of Christ dating back to 1930, by Spanish painter Elias García Martinez.

It didn’t take long for the people of Borja, or “Borja” as the Spanish word for it, to discover what had happened to the painting, which was not well preserved and in need of maintenance and restoration.

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