MADRID -- Spain's most infamous art restorer is hoping that any publicity is good publicity.
Cecilia Gímenez was responsible for the badly botched touch-up last summer of a 19th-century Ecce Homo -- a painting of Jesus Christ -- in her local church near Zaragoza, in northeastern Spain. Dubbed the worst art restoration in history, the elderly parishioner's well-meaning but misguided work grabbed international headlines.
One account described it as looking like "a crayon sketch of a monkey in an ill-fitting tunic." In Spain, the Ecce Homo, which is Latin for "Behold the Man," has been renamed Ecce Mono, or "Behold the Monkey."
But the mess has nevertheless brought fame to Gímenez, who is in her early 80s and has apparently deemed it high time to cash in on the notoriety by selling her other artwork online.