The Cecilia Gimenez Internet frenzy shows no signs of abating, with endless media coverage of her botched art restoration of Christ’s face on the wall of her church in Borja, Spain.

I find the story fascinating for many reasons — mainly how art, commerce, and religion overlap and intersect. Is the “ruined” fresco now more valuable than ever? (Judging by the interest and crowds it’s attracting, this seems to be the case).

How do we determine value? What makes something valuable?

What is beauty? Are we born with an innate esthetic sense or is this a learned behavior?

It’s up to artists to ask questions and explore where those questions lead — and that doesn’t mean manufacturing answers. It means trying to understand the questions. Let the discussion begin!

Whether or not someone believes in a supreme being, Cecilia’s handiwork makes us stop and ponder the ineffable — and challenges us to see the divine as a dynamic, evolving force.

To this end, the good folks at have created (to quote the website) “The Cecilia Prize for amateur restoration in honour of all the fixers out there.” The prize is “a poster of the restored Ecce Homo, the painting by now world-famous Cecilia Gimenez.”

The site includes a gallery of entries (nearly 2,000 so far) created by people trying their hands at restoring Ecce Homo — and attests to mankind’s endless capacity for creativity. My favorite, Ecce Magritte, is included above. (Submitted by Twitter @danwillygreenPinterest also hosts a gallery of Cecilia Prize entries here.