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What did Jesus look like? Italian police use the Holy Shroud to develop facial image

2015-06-17

What exactly did Jesus look like? Both as a child and then as an adult? It's a question that's been asked for centuries. An Italian scientific team decided to look into it, using the latest technology. The team used the Holy Shroud as a starting point to try and depict Jesus' appearance. 

GIOVANNI TESSITORE
Technical Director, Italian State Dept. 
"One of the tasks this police department carries out quite often is facial reconstruction. So everything from describing facial features to comparing them. This is our starting point, so we used the Holy Shroud as our base and went from there.” 

From the Shroud, the team gathered all types of information. From the shape of the eyebrows and lips to nose features. From there, so called non verifiable elements were added on, like eye and hair color.  

GIOVANNI TESSITORE
Technical Director, Italian State Dept. 
"These techniques are used to find criminals or to develop hypotheses on what an adult could look like, if he or she disappeared as a child.” 

But with the Holy Shroud, the process has been the opposite. The image of an adult who resembles the facial features of Christ, was used to turn back the clock. The final result was this image of a young 12 year old boy. 


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