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Is Jesus' 'Shroud of Turin' a fake created by Giotto?

June 8, 2011 - London

An Italian art expert has claimed that the 'Shroud of Turin' known to be the burial cloth of Jesus Christ is a fake copy created by famous artist Giotto.

According to Luciano Buso, the 14 ft length of fabric, which bears a faint image of a bearded man and appears to be stained by blood is a copy of the original one which deteriorated and was lost.

He explained that several veiled appearances of the number 15, hidden in the fabric by the artist, indicated that Giotto created the Shroud in 1315.

His claims further coincide with the 1980's carbon dating, which puts the Shroud's origin in the early 14th century.

"He wasn't trying to fake anything, which is clear from the fact that he signed it "Giotto 15", to authenticate it as his own work from 1315. This was not a fake he was asked to make a copy of the original one," the Daily Mail quoted Buso as saying.

"This original one was probably so deteriorated the Church asked one of the greatest artists at the time, Giotto, to make a copy and then the original was lost. What we have now is a copy of that one," he added.

Over the years, the linen cloth has attracted huge debate as to whether the image is that of Christ or an expert forgery from the Middle Ages. Some critics have clearly dismissed Buso's claims.

"His claim that Giotto made the Shroud are not very convincing to me and as far as we are concerned it was not made by an artistic method. Many people claim to have seen Greek and Hebrew writing in the Shroud but it's never been proven, said Prof. Bruno Barberis, director of the Shroud Museum.


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