By Elisa Sanchez, EnStarz | Sep 20, 2012 02:56 PM EDT
A Spanish elderly woman who did a botched restoration to a 19th-century Spanish fresco of Jesus, now wants money for the drastic alterations she did to the painting, which many have called "terrible."
The elderly woman, Cecilia Gimenez, is seeking copyrights of the painting because the church where the fresco is in display, is charging $1 euro for each visitor, Spanish newspaper El Correo reports. The church raked in about $2,600 in four days, according to Spanish newspaper La Vanguardia.
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"The decision [to charge money] has angered Cecilia and her family... They think...that she should charge for copyrights to the painting because the foundation is receiving some income from a 'restoration' she made," the newspaper reported Tuesday.
The church where the painting is in display is the Santuario de Misericordia church and is located in Zaragoza in North Eastern Spain. It is owned by the Hospital Santi Spiritus Foundation.
The foundation began to charge tourists $1 euro to see the painting on September 15, according to El Correo newspaper.
The botched restoration has made headlines around the world, including in countries such as Afghanistan, China and Japan, according to El Correo.
The news first surfaced in August 7 on the blog of Centro de Estudio Borjanos, a local institution that does art and cultural research. Staff from the center paid a visit to the church and found the painting dramatically altered.
Gimenez reportedly did the restoration with permission from the church's priest, however she has admitted to the damages saying the restoration had "gotten out of hand," according to Spanish paper El Pais.
Critics have claimed that the Jesus in the original painting now looks like a "monkey" and that she deleted key details of the original like Jesus' crown of thorns.
The center in charge of the painting's research documented it's changing face over the last two years.
The restoration however, is not thought to have been malicious and the woman said she did it "with good intentions."
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