Heard the one about the 80-year-old parishioner who “restored” a 19th-century fresco, “Ecce Homo,” that was once the claim to fame of the Sanctuary of Mercy Church near Zaragoza, Spain? You know, the one about an unfortunate paint job on a Christ portrait by Elias Garcia Martinez that was characterized by a BBC Europe correspondent as “a crayon sketch of a very hairy monkey in an ill-fitting tunic”? We thought so, because the story became a news staple on the Internet and television back in August.
Just as art historians and online gawkers everywhere—and the church congregation—were putting this episode behind them, along comes Stephen Colbert to offer his own take on the fiasco: last week on The Colbert Report he anointed the amateur portraitist his “Alpha Dog of the Week” for her nerve—she’s reportedly suing the church for royalties now that the botched fresco is more popular than ever with sightseers. Watch the clip below: