A few years ago my nose was a bit out of joint when an old acquaintance compared my artistic efforts with those of Cecilia Gimenez, would-be art restorer whom posterity will know as Master of the Monkey Boy of Zaragoza. Pictures of the fresco 'before' and 'after' went viral but she has the last laugh: I have just read a past article in The Independent (for link click here) saying that the subsequent influx of tourists to the church from all over the world has raised thousands in extra revenue. I can think of a few unremarkable sacred artworks in these parts which could benefit from a similar treatment: perhaps we could invite the good lady to visit .....
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