The Shroud Of Turin
It’s been shrouded in mystery for almost 2000 years: the true face of Christ. In all of human history, no other face is as recognizable as the face of Jesus and yet no one knows what Jesus actually look like. Now for the first time, modern technology, science, and religion come together to visualize what may be the face of Christ. In a chapel in Turin, Italy, encased in a bulletproof glass is the most studied object in the world; The Shroud of Turin. This ancient cloth bears the image of a tortured and crucified man, some believe that this artifact could be the actual burial shroud of Jesus. The face of the man in the shroud was scarcely visible until a startling photographic negative was produced. But there’s an additional inexplicable property of this image which caught the attention of 3D computer graphics artist, Ray Downing. Encoded within the fibers of this cloth is 3D information which shouldn’t be there. It’s as if someone using an unknown technology hid a blueprint for constructing a 3-dimensional statue within this 2-dimensional image.
Downing worked for over a year, extracting and refining encoded information to create that statue, to reveal for the first time the face of the man in the shroud. This new portative Jesus drew worldwide attention in the news media and was the subject of a History Channel special. Inspired by quotes from the new testament, Downing has gone on to illustrate a library of Jesus portraits based on the Shroud of Turin image. Is the mystery finally solved? We leave it up to you to decide.