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Ecce Homo, Borja
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The Ecce Homo in the Sanctuary of Mercy church in Borja, Spain, is a fresco painted circa 1930 by the Spanish painter Elías García Martínez depicting Jesus crowned with thorns. Both the subject and style are typical of traditional Catholic art. While press accounts agree that the original painting was artistically unremarkable, its fame derives from an attempt to restore the fresco by an untrained amateur in 2012.The original muralThe artist, a professor at the School of Art of Zaragoza, gave the painting to the village where he used to spend his holidays, painting it directly on the wall of the church about 1930. He commented that "this is the result of two hours of devotion to the Virgin of Mercy". His descendants still reside in Zaragoza and were aware that the painting had deteriorated seriously; his grand-daughter had made a donation toward its restoration shortly before they discovered Cecilia Giménez's attempt to restore it.Failed restoration attempt and phenomenonThe authorities in Borja said they had suspected vandalism at first, but then determined that the alterations had been made by an elderly parishioner. The woman, Cecilia Giménez, who was in her 80s, said on Spanish national television that she had tried to restore the fresco, because she was upset that parts of it had flaked off due to moisture on the church’s walls. Giménez defended herself, saying she could not understand the uproar because she had worked in broad daylight and had tried to salvage the fresco with the approval of the local clergy. “The priest knew it,” she told Spanish television. “I’ve never tried to do anything hidden.”
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  • Figure of Ecce Homo is not known but out by Cecilia Giménez, who was the daring painting restorer. The painting was deteriorating due to a leak that was on the wall. Cecilia restored fresco and starting from there is report the news. As they explain, and tourists from all over the world you can see on a map, have come to see the famous restoration. Ecce Homo is visited weekly by an average of 300 to 400 people. Without spending a euro has become famous around the world. I think they should make Cecilia favorite daughter of the population, since without wanting to put the population of Borja on the map. Marketing to study at business schools.
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  • It is a place that must be known both to the Ecce Homo, as their environment. You should go with time to appreciate every corner.
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  • You should go and see it, is better to not tell you the story, that sales gaining safe explain what you spot,
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