A photo of the Shroud of Turin shows what appears to be the imprint of the face of a bearded man with hands crossed on his chest. Some revere the centuries-old artifact as Jesus' burial cloth.
TURIN, Italy, Sept. 23 ‚ÄĒ Experts performed a top-secret restoration of the Shroud of Turin, removing centuries-old patches and replacing a backing that was sewn onto what some say was the burial cloth of Jesus, church officials said. They said the restoration was carried out with explicit Vatican permission, and aimed only to protect and document the artifact.
THE PROJECT consisted of three main elements: the removal of patches and a backing sewn onto the shroud in the 16th century; a digital scan of both sides; and photo documentation.
The restoration was done June 20 to July 23 by shroud expert Mechthild Flury Lemberg and restorer Irene Tomedi. Vague reports of the project leaked to the media in August, enraging other shroud experts, who argued that the work should have involved less secrecy and more international collaboration.