Well, it appears the lawyers have finally become involved in the “Ecce Homo” fresco fiasco involving Cecilia Gimenez, an 80-year old woman, who performed a horrific DIY restoration of a 19th-century painting of Christ in Spain. The restored fresco has since been dubbed “Ecce Mono” or “Behold the Monkey.” Ms. Gimenez is demanding a cut of the cover charge the Spanish church is now charging pilgrims who are flocking to behold the monkey.
The Telegraph reports:
Authorities threatened to sue Mrs. Gimenez for her unauthorised attempt, which she insisted had been carried out with only good intentions because the painting was in need of repair.
But popularity for the modified masterpiece grew with even budget airline Ryanair offering cheap deals to nearby Zaragoza airport encouraging “pilgrims” to visit the work that was quickly dubbed “Ecce Mono” – Behold the Monkey.
An internet petition to keep the repair job garnered widespread support and seizing an opportunity to swell its coffers, the church began levying a 4 euro (£3) entrance fee on visitors, earning 2,000 euros in the first four days.
Lawyers acting for Mrs Gimenez now insist she should be entitled to a cut of the profits, which she wants to go towards a charity of her choice.
“She just wants the church to conform to the law,” lawyer Enrique Trebolle said. “If this means economic compensation she wants it to be for charitable purposes”.
Sure, according to her attorney, Ms. Gimenez intends to donate any proceeds she receives to Muscular atrophy charities. That’s cool. But is her attorney going to do the same? Ecce Abogado.[Via The Telegraph][Thanks Chris Berger]