A new exhibition in the Cathedral of Salamanca, Spain, includes a life-size and hyper-realistic representation of the man portrayed on the Turin Shroud.
The Shroud is alleged to be the burial cloth that wrapped Jesus’ body. It has been studied for decades by scientists, historians and forensics experts, and although the way the image came to be portrayed on the cloth remains a mystery, there is consensus that it once contained the body of a man who was scourged, crowned with thorns, crucified, and then pierced with a spear between his ribs.
Using expert studies that have allowed for the mapping of almost every wound on the body, as well as 3D technology and the measurements of the image on the shroud, art expert Álvaro Blanco invited a group of seven specialists to recreate the corpse, using cutting edge techniques that resulted in a hyper-realistic and anatomically correct representation, complete with human hair.
“The Shroud is the prototype for almost all the representations of Jesus that we have today. However, every one of those images has come to us through the filter of the sensitivities of the artists, and of their time. I wanted to see what the real, unfiltered image of Christ was like, and I believe that we have achieved this”, says Álvaro Blanco.
The body is displayed in the final room of the exhibition, the rest of which introduces visitors to what is known, and what remains to be explained, about the shroud. After Salamanca the organisers of the exhibition, ArtiSplendore, hope to take it to Lisbon for World Youth Day 2023, and then on a world tour.