A repaired Spanish statue has been slammed and compared to a controversial cartoon that made " Jesus look like a monkey."

The sculpture which has been unveiled in the city centre of Palencia, in the northern Spanish region of Castile and Leon has been labelled "cartoon-like."

It has been compared to the botched Ecco Homo fresco that was famously touched up by a cleaning lady eight years ago.

Painter Antonio Guzman criticised the restored stature on Facebook, sharing before and after snaps of it and captioning "it looks like a cartoon."

The building was commissioned by Alejandro Najera, president of the Catholic-Agrarian Federation, in 1919 under the direction of architect Jacobo Romero, according to the newspaper El Norte de Castilla.

The statue faced backlash with one painter labelling it a cartoon

The protected building was officially opened in 1923 and has become one of the most emblematic buildings on the city’s High Street, currently serving as a branch of the bank Unicaja.

Mr Guzman also compared it to the controversial Ecce Homo Jesus fresco in Borja in Spain that was ‘restored’ by untrained artist Cecilia Gimenez in 2012.

Initially painted around 1930 by the Spanish painter Elias Garcia Martinez, the altered fresco was widely slammed for making Jesus look like a monkey.

The statue has been compared to the Ecce Homo Jesus fresco painting

Netizens were also less than impressed with the latest renovated statue.

Facebook user ‘Almudena Gonzalez’ said: “It makes me want to cry, it is terrible. And to think of all the great artists we have.”

Netizen ‘Aguas De Abril’ commented: “My granddaughter could do better with playdough.”

‘Conchi Aguado’ wrote: “It looks like sand sculptures kids do on the beach.”

The building owners have yet to comment on the criticism.