6 People Who Accidentally Destroyed Priceless Works of Art

One thing that can bridge both culture and language is a beautiful work of art. Who doesn’t appreciate the intricate brush strokes of a Monet? Or the fine marbled lines of a Greek statue? Sadly, there are some people in the world who can’t be trusted around nice things. Here are six clumsy individuals who should probably just stay home and avoid museums forever.

This well-intentioned Spanish grandma

D.I.Y.-ing” is a great way to save money when you’re, say, reupholstering a chair or renovating your kitchen. When it comes to restoring 19th Century frescos, it’s probably a good idea to call in the professionals. That’s what 80-year-old Cecilia Giminez of Borja, Spain should have done when a painting at her local church started showing signs of wear; instead, the well-intentioned parishioner attempted to “fix” the image by painting over it herself, resulting in a hilariously hairy image dubbed “monkey Jesus”.

Art historians where enraged, but the internet was delighted and wasted no time in turning the botched painting into a meme and printing it on everything from t-shirts to keychains.

Elías García Martínez, Cecilia Giménez / Original and Monkey Jesus
Elías García Martínez, Cecilia Giménez / Original and Monkey Jesus

Everything worked out in the end though; tourism to Borja went through the roof as people flocked to see the disfigured painting, merchandise sales were rewarded to Giminez who in turn donated the proceeds to charity, and we were even blessed with Kate McKinnon’s brilliant Giminez impression on SNL’s Weekend Update.