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Amateur Restoration Botches Jesus Fresco in Spain

Ecce Homo (Behold the Man) by Elias Garcia Martinez has held pride of place in the Sanctuary of Mercy Church near Zaragoza for more than 100 years, but residents of the small Spanish town are reeling after a beloved painting of Jesus was found defaced.

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The culprit: an elderly woman who tried to touch up the weathered fresco herself. She claims to have had the best intentions and permission from the priest at the church housing the fresco.

Art historians are expected to meet at the church soon to discuss how to repair the damage.

Anchor Marco Werman talks to Joyce Hill Stoner, a paintings conservator at the Art Conservation Department at the University of Delaware.

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    Left: A deteriorated version of the original (left) of “ecce homo” fresco of Jesus by Elías Garcia Martínez, a 19th-century painter. Right: The "restored" version of the fresco by Cecilia Giménez. (Photo: BBC)

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    “Ecce homo” fresco of Jesus "restored". (Photos: BBC)

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    Left: A deteriorated version of the original (left) of “ecce homo” fresco of Jesus by Elías Garcia Martínez, a 19th-century painter. Right: The "restored" version of the fresco. (Photos: BBC)

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