June 8, 2011

Art historian claims Turin Shroud is signed by renaissance artist Giotto

by Jan Harris

Italian art historian Luciano Buso claims to have found the signature of Master Giotto on the Turin Shroud, pointing to it having been created in the early Renaissance period.

The Turin Shroud is believed to have been used to wrap the body of Christ after he was crucified.

Buso claims that the presence of Giotto di Bondone’s signature on the cloth, along with several occurrences of the number 15, suggests that shroud was created in 1315 by the artist, after he was commissioned to create a copy of the original shroud.

According to Buso, the original, which was badly damaged by being carried around the Holy Land and Europe, either disintegrated or was lost after
the copy was created.

Buso found the signature and the number hidden in the imprint of Christ’s face and hands.

His theory links with radiocarbon dating tests carried out in the 1980s which suggested it was produced between 1260 and 1390.

However scientists claimed that these results may have been inaccurate become the shroud had become contaminated over the ages, from water damage and fire.

The latest claims have been dismissed as ‘ridiculous’ by Professor Bruno Barberis, director of the Shroud Museum.

The shroud is kept in a climate-controlled case in Turin Cathedral.

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