10/09/2012 04:01 pm ET Updated Dec 09, 2012

Beast Jesus Could Be Restored In Just Seven Minutes, Says Conservator

Cecilia Gimenez's creative restoration of an 120-year-old ecce homo fresco by Elias Garcia Martinez in Spain may have become an international icon for its frizzy mane of hair and blurred face (even inspiring a Halloween costume), but it could all vanish in a matter of minutes.

Conservator Maria Gomez, an art history professor who will restore the piece, says it could be put back to normal in just seven minutes, she told the New York Daily News. Gomez plans to use solvents to remove the added paint, a relatively simple process because "Cecilia's repaint is still fresh and very diluted," she explained.