Botched Spanish Fresco Goes Viral
This week, the art world went into shock when an elderly Spanish parishioner stepped forward to claim responsiblity for "restoring" a century-old Ecco Home fresco in a Roman Catholic church near the Spanish city of Zaragoza.
Cecilia Giménez revealed herself in an interview with a local Spanish television station, saying she was reportedly upset at the deterioration of her favorite image of Jesus, and took it on herself to restore it. She claims that the priest, as well as other churchgoers, were aware of her attempt.
The restored fresco has caught the attention of media outlets worldwide, from the BBC, New York Times to Buzzfeed and countless other blogs. There's even a petition to save the botched fresco, signed by 12,800 supporters, and climbing.
There's no doubt the fresco's caught on as a full-fledged, global meme, but has the story gone viral in video?
Short answer? Yes.
Just a couple days after the restoration was discovered, we've already identified over 70 clips about the fresco -- from copies of the interview with Giménez, to reporters and everyday people putting in their two cents about the restoration. The fresco's already shot past 550,000 views and over 4,000 comments.
What do you think of the painting? Did you sign the online petition? Let us know in the comments section below!