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Masterpieces of the art world are given an internet makeover
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After fresco is destroyed by old lady's restoration attempt, masterpieces of the art world are given an internet makeover
The cartoon-like face that was painted over a 19th century religious artwork is now popping up on some of the world's most revered masterpieces - from Madonna and Child to the Mona Lisa.
Cecilia Jimenez, 80, painted her crude rendition of Christ's face over a crumbling fresco on the wall of a Spanish church, and the altered version became an overnight sensation when pictures of her amateur 'restoration' hit the internet.
Now her notorious DIY job has sparked a craze for copycat 'restorations', but art lovers can breathe a sigh of relief as the alterations have been mocked-up purely for comic purposes.
Many of Leonardo Da Vinci's most iconic creations have been given the botched restoration treatment; with the Mona Lisa's famously enigmatic smile obscured by Jimienez's work.
Jokers on the web also replaced the face of the baby in the Renaissance master's Madonna and Child with the face from the fresco, and transformed Jesus and all twelve of his apostles in The Last Supper.
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Fans of the restored fresco also tinkered with more modern masterpieces, including Edvard Munch's The Scream, which the expressionist artist worked on between 1893 and 1910.
Fans of the restored fresco have also tinkered with more modern masterpieces, including Edvard Munch's The Scream, which the expressionist artist worked on between 1893 and 1910.
Andy Warhol's famous pop art print of Marilyn Monroe has also been given a surreal makeover, with the iconic actress's features swapped for those of the freshly-painted fresco Jesus.
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