Giulio Fanti, a professor at the University of Padua, has created a 3D image of Christ based on the Shroud of Turin. As reported by Aleteia, Fanti explains, “This statue is the three-dimensional representation in actual size of the Man of the Shroud, created following the precise measurements taken from the cloth in which the body of Christ was wrapped after the crucifixion.”
The professor added, “we believe that we finally have the precise image of what Jesus looked like on this earth. From now on, He may no longer be depicted without taking this work into account.”
The image also reflects the many wounds suffered by Christ as he was flogged and beaten. Fanti counted over 370 wounds, and hypothesized that these resulted from over 600 blows total. The image may be seen in full in this video from TgPadova Telenuovo.
For a full description of this remarkable image, click on the link to the full article from Aleteia.
The Shroud of Turin has been a hotly debated topic for decades. The cloth has a certifiable history from 1349 when it surfaced in Lirey, France in the hands of a French nobleman – Geoffrey de Charny. It also has a somewhat sketchy traceable history from Jerusalem to Lirey, France – through Edessa, Turkey and Constantinople.
The Shroud of Turin is one of the most tested relics in human history. For a look at the various tests and datings on the Shroud, check out this article from Fr. Robert Spitzer.
Lindsay Rudegeair is Managing Editor of the Magis Center blog