Turin Shroud Is Art, Not Relic: Book
Art historian says he has spotted artist Giotto's signature
By Mary Papenfuss, Newser Staff
Posted Jun 8, 2011 2:44 AM CDT
The Christ-like image of a man can be seen on the Vatican's Shroud of Turin.   (AP)

(Newser) – The "miraculous" Shroud of Turin is not the actual burial cloth that covered Christ's body, but is merely the work of a Renaissance artist. That's the claim in an explosive new Italian book. Many Catholics believe the shroud shows a mysterious, miraculous image of Christ's body, and experts have struggled for years to prove once and for all that the cloth is either authentic or a clever historical fake. But an art historian now claims that early Italian artist Giotto created the image on the cloth, reports the Telegraph. Luciano Buso says he has spotted the artist's signature on the cloth and the number 15, a reference to 1315, the year Buso says Giotto was commissioned to create the "shroud."

The original shroud disintegrated after years of being hauled around Christendom, argues Buso. The Shroud of Turin has been dated to medieval times, but some recent, controversial findings have indicated the body image is a forgery. The director of the Shroud of Turin museum scoffed at Buso's claims and at his insistence that he has spotted the artist's signature. "First, tests have shown that the shroud is not a painting," said Prof. Bruno Barberis. "Secondly, there's a long list of scholars who have seen all sorts of things that don't exist" in the shroud. "It's like looking at the moon and thinking you can see eyes, a nose and a mouth."

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Jun 9, 2011 2:46 AM CDT
Do some research on the accuracy of carbon 14 dating and you will be amazed. Jesus of Nazareth was absolutly a real person. Is there a God who cares about our daily lives? I doubt it. The shroud after its latest inspection showed signs of repair, ( could account for different dates) in a new show on the history channel. I do believe in intellegent design but not in a supreme being who would talk to Jimmy Swaggert. A true or false question has a 50 50 chance of being right. To say there is no God is fine with me but can never be proven in a lab. Do I believe that was the shroud of Jesus...hell no! If the Bible is all true and meant to be taken literally then everybodys going to hell. Calling someone a fool can send you to hell....the list goes on and on. The first nude girl I ever saw made me absolutely sure there was a God an after we had sex I knew he loved me! ;)
Jun 8, 2011 11:52 AM CDT
This isn't news. Scientists proved this a few decades ago and intelligent people figured it out 1500 or so years ago.
Jun 8, 2011 10:21 AM CDT
It's the image of Jacques de Molay, Grand Master of the Knights Templar who was burned at the stake in 1305. He was the one who said that both the Pope and the King of France would both follow him into death within a year, and they did.