The Shroud of Turin: is it changing the image of Jesus?

Jaffe, Chris (2011) The Shroud of Turin: is it changing the image of Jesus? BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    At first glance it seems like an ordinary dirty, unkempt piece of linen cloth that is showing the effects of past fire damage (Figure 1). It is almost impossible to understand the huge importance of such a piece of material just from a fleeting look. The linen cloth, commonly referred to as the Shroud of Turin, is a herringbone linen cloth that measures fourteen feet three inches long and three feet seven inches wide. It is housed in the Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist in Turin and is the sole property of the Vatican. Yet due to the “faint, almost shadow‐like” (Oxley, 2010, p.3) ventral and dorsal images of an apparently crucified man, this piece of linen has become the most studied and enigmatic artefact in history. To believers the image that is embedded in to the fibres of the Shroud is that of a crucified man, namely that of Jesus Christ, making it the “central dogma for hundreds of millions of the faithful” (Sora, 2005, p.13). Therefore, if the authenticity of the Shroud and its image could be confirmed in some way it would surely make it the most powerful Christian relic in existence. However, the historic clash between science and religion has led to more questions being asked than answers given, as each corner fights to give its own account for the truth of the Shroud.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries > School of Art and Design
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 31 Oct 2012 16:11
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 12:10

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