Left : Ecce Homo, 1650 by Mateo Cerezo Right: Yeshua bar-yosef, 2013 by R Borg
Mateo Cerezo (19 April 1637 – 29 June 1666) was a Baroque Spanish painter. In 1654 he moved to Madrid and studied with Juan Carreno de Miranda and possibly with Antonio de Pereda. He died young at age forty years, and much of his work is at the Prado Museum in Madrid, as well as at the Museo de Burgos.
Ecce homo (pronounced [ˈetʃːe ˈomo] or [ˈekːe ˈhomo]) are the Latin words used by Pontius Pilate in the Vulgate translation of John 19:5, when he presents a scourged Jesus Christ, bound and crowned with thorns, to a hostile crowd shortly before his Crucifixion. The original Greek is Ἰδοὺ ὁ ἄνθρωπος (Idou ho anthrōpos). The King James Version translates the phrase into English as "Behold the man!"[John 19:5] The scene is widely depicted in Christian art. Especially in the 19th and 20th centuries, the meaning of ecce homo motif has been extended to the portrayal of suffering and the degradation of humans through violence and war. An Ecce Homo fresco by 19th-century Spanish painter Elías García Martínez recently gained notoriety when a woman named Cecilia Giménez took it upon herself to restore it without any training or expertise, resulting in Jesus' looking like "a very hairy monkey". The “monkey Christ” painting has become a tourist attraction and destination. So many people were flocking to see the painting that the town started charging an admission fee, which has raked in more than 50,000 euros (£43,000) for charity as of mid August 2013