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Meet ‘The Mystery Man’, a hyperrealistic sculpture of Jesus Christ inspired by the Holy Shroud

Last Thursday, October 13, the Salamanca Cathedral presented its exhibition for the world premiere The Mystery Man: the man in the Holy Shroudwhere they revealed a hyper-realistic sculpture of Jesus of NazarethNever before presented in this way.

To achieve his goal, the artist from Salamanca Alvaro Blancowho was commissioned to carry it out, was based on reliable studies of the holy shroudpreserved in the Cathedral of Turin, which has been analyzed by various experts.


The Syndope has been studied on numerous occasions.

.“If the hyperrealistic presentation that we are going to contemplate is an exact reproduction of the body of Jesus Christit means that our eyes they are going to contemplate the yagas of the one who was assassinated like a criminal to save us all,” said Bishop Joseph Louis Retana.

This volumetric recreation of the crucified body of Jesus Christ It has not been seen by more than 14 people and, in the room where it is located, there are various writings that narrate the life of the Nazarene, as well as its historical context.

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Latex and silicone were used to recreate the wounded body of Jesus Christ.

“Painters have tried to represent his image and today, for the first time, we are going to see that body the most reliable and devoid of any artistic movementof a hyper-realistic quality,” Blanco pointed out, calling this sculpture like Jesus “in human quality”, as never seen before at this time.

Latex and silicone were used for its creation, as well as human hair. Weight 75 kilograms and measures 1 meter 78 centimeters. The measurement was taken from the same Shroud or Shroud, according to the bleeding points located in it.

The measurements of the statue were rigorously calculated with the blood stains on the Holy Shroud.

Said artifact preserved in Turinserved as a mantle to wrap Jesus Christ immediately after his crucifixion, according to the Catholic religion. The fabric measures 4 meters 39 centimeters long and 1 meter 15 centimeters wide, and is considered one of the most important relics for the Christian guild.


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In 1988, the Shroud was subjected to a test of Carbon-14. It is a radiocarbon dating method, and uses the radioactive isotope carbon 14 to determine the age of all material that has the chemical element.


The study placed the Shroud between the 13th and 14th centuries, after Christ. However, it remains one of the most appreciated objects by the Catholic-Christian community.

Other scholars and believers assert that the test was not performed correctly.

Meanwhile, years before, in 1989, a photographer from Turin took a picture of the canvas, showing the face of a man in the revealed negatives.


The exposed photographs clearly show the body of a male. However, various controversies have surrounded this artifact.

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