Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Really Dead Painting

The DPS in Spain

It seems, according to the BBC website, that The Dead Paintings Society, while on vacation in the US, is currently active in a church near Zaragoza, Spain.

It appears that an elderly parishioner, distressed about the condition of the painted fresco in her church, took matters into her own hands. The result is above.

Although, in the US version of The Dead Paintings Society, I often feel no compunction to stick with the original work, even I think this a bit too much of a departure. Apparently the woman, in her eighties, ultimately despaired of her effort and contacted a city councillor.

One hopes the painting can be properly restored.


  1. From the LA Times under the headline: "Behold the Monkey? Amateur Art Restoration Goes Awry in Spain:"

    ".... The unhappy results were perhaps most memorably compared to "a crayon sketch of a very hairy monkey in an ill-fitting tunic" by a BBC correspondent. Spanish jokesters have christened the revamped work once known as "Ecce Homo" -– Behold the Man -– as "Ecce Mono" -– Behold the Monkey."


  2. Tell this woman...."step away from the rest of the paintings"! Looks like the DPS in reverse. Too funny

  3. Oddly, this seems to be a visual metaphor for the current and past dysfunctional behavior within the church- no disrespect intended.

    The mouth has been eradicated so that Christ can no longer speak or be heard-