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Turin Shroud: Made in the image of the creator - Leonardo da Vinci

Shroud of Turin
Shroud of Turin

The mysterious Turin Shroud, for centuries believed to be the crucified Jesus’ burial cloth bearing his face impression after he was wrapped into it, may have been created by Leonardo da Vinci using his own face. A new study by Lillian Schwartz of the School of Visual Arts in New York demonstrates with computer scans that the face on the Shroud has exactly the same dimensions as that of da Vinci. The Renaissance artist may have created the artifact by using pioneering photographic techniques and a sculpture of his own head.

Already in 1988, carbon dating has proven that the Shroud is far too young to be authentic. It could originate, however, from the da Vinci era. Leonardo had long been suspected to be its creator. But now there seems to be proof.

In their book Turin Shroud: How Leonardo da Vinci Fooled History, Oliver Prince and Lynn Picknet proposed already in 1994 that the famous face impression was created by using an advanced photographic technique. Da Vinci was familiar with the principles of photography (which were known long before the first photographs were made in the 1820s) and he used to make experiments with a camera obscura. The image on the Shroud seems to be created by coating a cloth with light sensitive chemicals using it as a film to project the face as a photo negative. Experiments with this technique produced face impressions very similar to the relic. Now the computer scan provides the missing link to Leonardo. The Shroud could be another “Da Vinci code”, created to immortalize the painters own face.

There has been another link found also. Studies by Oliver Prince establish that the Shroud face matches the proportions of da Vinci’s Jesus-painting Creator Mundi. There is no contradiction in both the theories as Creator Mundi has obviously been painted using the formula of da Vinci’s own face proportions. The same applies to the famous Mona Lisa, as Lillian Schwartz showed already in the 1980s.