The Shroud of Turn has many devoted followers, pilgrims who flock to see what they believe is the bloodied face of a crucified Jesus Christ; yet, scientists have carbon-dated it to the Middle Ages, rendering the possibility of it actually being Jesus null and void.
Now an American artist is entering the debate. Lillian Schwartz, a graphic consultant at the School of Visual Arts in New York, claims that the image is a self-portrait of Leonardo DaVinci, which was made using a crude photographic technique. Essentially he used a camera obscura to project his bust onto the shroud and using egg whites and gelatin painted his image.
Of course, Schwartz has nothing more than some giant coincidences; but it’s an interesting hypothesis based solely on the proportions of both DaVinci’s profile and the Turin’s face. Well, that and DaVinci was a genius artist. He understood the technological advances needed to produce the Shroud and was in all likelihood a heretic willing to pull a fast one over on people.
Honestly, though, she doesn’t really have any evidence. But I love the idea that the Shroud of Turn is nothing more than a giant practical joke by Leonardo DaVinci.