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'Monkey Jesus' restorer to star in music video

The Local · 14 Apr 2014, 10:41

Published: 14 Apr 2014 10:41 GMT+02:00

The life of Cecilia Giménez has taken many twists and turns since she 'touched up' a 100-year-old image of Jesus known as  Ecce Homo (Behold The Man).

News of the improvised restoration in August 2012 went viral and Gimenez’s "monkey Jesus" became a global phenomenon. 

Giménez suffered panic attacks after gaining notoriety as the 'world's worst restorer'.

But thing have turned around for the 82-year-old.

The church in the sleepy Spanish town of Borja in Spain's Aragon region has become something of a tourist hotspot with people coming in their thousands to view the revised artwork.

Gimenez even staged her own art exhibition in 2013, and obtained rights to the image she has created, money she diverts to charity.

Now the 'world's worst restorer' is set for a music career — of sorts, Spain's 20 minutos newspaper reported on Sunday.

Spanish singer Ángel Petisme has penned a song based on her story and has asked her to appear in a video clip for the tune.

"I'm a great admirer of Cecilia," said the self-described "singer, poet, and subversive" recently.

"Her story made me reflect. I felt a great deal of sympathy for her," he told Spanish local daily the Heraldo de Aragón. 

"We were the real 'Ecce Homos', the ones who took a morbid fascination in the story of an unfinished restoration and turned it into a trending topic."

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In his song, however Petisme hopes to set the record straight. A dialogue between Giménez and her creation, the Ecce Homo, it features the "abandoned" artwork thanking its loving restorer.

Giménez will play herself in a rock video based on the song, while Petisme will be the Ecce Homo.

The video for the "tender, emotional" story will be shot in Borja, Petisme told 20 minutos.

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