The angelic face of Jesus as a 12-year-old boy

The scientific unit of the police force in Rome, Italy, used technology that’s normally used to age an individual, to generate the angelic face of what the man in the Shroud of Turin would look like as a 12-year-old boy.

Monica Cantilero reports for Christian Times, April 30, 2015, that to commemorate two-month exhibition of the Shroud of Turin, believed by Christians to be Jesus Christ’s burial cloth, Italian police reversed the technology they use to age drawings of Mafia bosses (to identify them after decades on the run) on the image of the man imprinted into the Shroud to re-create the “angelic” face of a 12-year-old Jesus.

Note: The Shroud image is not painted on the cloth, but infused into the individual fibers of the linen cloth. There are many good books on the Shroud, one of which is my friend Robert K. Wilcox‘s The Truth About the Shroud of Turin.

The scientific unit of Rome’s police force was prompted to create the image upon the suggestion of television news reporters who were doing a special news program about Jesus.

Elena Guarnieri, the host of the television news special, said people have always wondered how Jesus looked like as a boy. “If that is the face on the shroud, then this is the face of Jesus as a child,” she said.

To create the image of the young Jesus, the police subtracted years from the man’s face imprinted on the Shroud of Turin and removed his beard. They also colored his hair blonde and lightened his complexion.

The New York Times derisively described the generated image:

“The angelic face is reminiscent of the prayer cards sold in Vatican souvenir shops and of the New Age portraits displayed at Venice Beach. The image shows a 12-year-old boy with fair, smooth skin, glassy blue eyes, fleshy lips and waves of dirty blond hair streaked with just enough purple and pink to suggest a sprinkling of cosmic dust.”

Christians believe that the Shroud of Turin, a linen cloth imprinted with the image of a man’s face and wounded body, was the cloth used to wrap the body of Jesus during his burial. But after using carbon-14 dating tests in 1988, a group of scientists ruled that it was a medieval forgery since the cloth was dated between 1260 and 1390.

Note: It was later determined that the scientists had used a piece from the edge of the Shroud, which had been stitched onto the original cloth to repair damages inflicted by a fire in the 13th century, which would explain the carbon-14 dating result.

Paul Damon, a geoscientist who was on the team that held a carbon-14 dating test on the Shroud in 1998, reacted negatively to the police recreation of Jesus’ face, saying it’s a “malarkey,” adding: “The boy would not be blond.”

Note: Actually, many dark-haired Mediterraneans do have blonde hair in their childhood.

The Vatican has not commented yet on the image of the boy created from the imprint on the Shroud.

The exhibition of the Shroud, which started last week and will last until June 24, has been authorized by Pope Francis to mark the 200th anniversary of the birth of St. John Bosco, a priest from Turin who lived in the 19th century and pioneered vocational education.

~Éowyn

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Glenn47
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Glenn47

What a beautiful rendition.

Northerngirl
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He’s beautiful!!

Steven Broiles
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Years ago I read Dr. Wilcox’s book on the Shroud. Based on that book and from television programs I have seen, we know the following about it: First, we have extracted pollen from the Shroud. Thus we know, as HISTORICAL FACT, what specific places in the Middle East and the Mediterranean it has been in. (Certain pollens from certain flowers are specific to very small place areas in those areas). Blood tests have been done on the Shroud. We know it is a semitic blood type, and we know the blood type. (Although I forget which specific blood type). You… Read more »

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The Shroud of Turin is indeed an enigma, but I have some questions about it that maybe somebody can answer. Does the Vatican claim that it is the original burial cloth of Jesus? Pope Francis recently called it an “icon” not a “relic” an important distinction. Also Jewish burial garments were in two pieces -one for the head and one for the body. The Bible makes no mention of a shroud. It says that Jesus’ burial garments were not in one piece. John 20: 7 says” And the napkin that was upon his head, not lying with the linen cloths,… Read more »

artaxes
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I’ve been fascinated by the shroud and I have been thinking a lot about it for quite some time. I have come to this conclusion: If the shroud is not a forgery then it is the burial shroud of Jesus. No other possibilites. It matches anatomically, forensically and in so many other ways the passion account of the bible (including the crown of thorns) that the likelyhood that it could be any other person than the historical Jesus is virtually zero. Even the scourge marks on the back of the shroud match that of a Roman flagrum perfectly. Furthermore, you… Read more »

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evh, The Bible doesn’t lie, there IS another piece of the burial cloth and it’s called the Sudarium ! Google it and you will find more stuff. https://www.shroud.com/guscin.htm
If you have time, watch Joann Benkevics great series with a wonderful Shroud expert named Wayne Phillips posted below. Lotta good and AMAZING info both on the Shroud and the Sudarium.
https://www.womenofgrace.com/en-us/media/tv/details.aspx?id=377
https://www.womenofgrace.com/en-us/media/tv/details.aspx?id=378
https://www.womenofgrace.com/en-us/media/tv/details.aspx?id=379
https://www.womenofgrace.com/en-us/media/tv/details.aspx?id=380
The Shroud and the Sudarium
https://www.womenofgrace.com/en-us/media/tv/details.aspx?id=381

evh
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evh

Thanks, Lana!

evh
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I was wondering what I was going to do this evening, but now thanks to Dr. Eowyn and Lana I have some interesting material to read.

joandarc
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joandarc

Thank you Dr. Eowyn for this most remarkable and magnificent post. The image of young Jesus, the Second Person of the Blessed Trinity, is absolutely stunning, containing immense holiness, knowledge, gentility, love, and such kindness! How wonderful! Thank you again for giving us this thoughtful post – how kind of you!

ladybard
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One of the most convincing arguments for the Shroud’s validity was made by an American scientist, one of many teams allowed in for a day. Each team was given an hour to take their samples and record observations. I would conjecture that there was a fair share of egomaniacal, aggressive scientists in most teams, yet the remarkable fact was that everyone worked together in a tiny room, in Rome’s sweltering heat, with peace, with calm, with full co-operation; the overburdened electrics never went out, etc., etc. Electronic microscopes have their place, but by their ‘deeds ye shall know them…’ The… Read more »

ladybard
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Beautiful – and so typically Italian!!! There is something haunting and spiritual about the face…Bravi, Polizie Torinese!

Tim Shey
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Very interesting. I guess I would think that Jesus would have had brown skin and black or dark hair because He came from the Middle East. But here is more evidence that Jesus might have had blond hair: “I was told it was Jesus. This I could easily have suspected, so great was the difference between him and those listening to him. His golden-colored hair and beard gave to his appearance a celestial appearance. He appeared to be about thirty years of age. Never have I seen a sweeter or more serene countenance. What a contrast between him and his… Read more »

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Why would a Jewish boy have such a light skin?

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