(The Verge) The life rights of Cecilia Giménez, the Spanish artist who notoriously botched an attempted restoration of Elías García Martínez's "Ecce Homo," should be a zillion dollars. In truth, I have no idea what the American songwriting duo Andrew Flack and Paul Fowler paid for them. Probably not enough, because this story is perfectly suited to be the best musical of all time!
The pair is currently working on a comic opera about Giménez's life and how the mistake that initially horrified her (and the internet) ended up saving her small town from an economic slump, The New York Times reports. The painting, which was mocked in memes, a Saturday Night Live segment, and with comparisons to the 1997 film Bean: The Ultimate Disaster Movie, became a tourist attraction that spurred a 1,000 percent increase in visits to the local medieval art museum and revitalized the town's restaurant business.