Next Article in Journal
Depictions of Shoeprints in Northwest Portugal
Previous Article in Journal
Documenting and Presenting Contentious Narratives and Objects—Experiences from Museums in Uganda
Article Menu

Export Article

Open AccessLetter
Heritage 2019, 2(1), 34-38;

Describing, Step by Step, the Shroud Body Image Formation

Dipartimento di Scienze Matematiche ed Informatiche, Scienze Fisiche e Scienze della Terra, Università di Messina, I-98166 Messina, Italy
Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare, Sezione di Catania, I-95123 Catania, Italy
Dipartimento di Scienze Chimiche, Biologiche, Farmaceutiche e Ambientali, Università di Messina, I-98166 Messina, Italy
Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.
These authors contributed equally to this work.
Received: 20 November 2018 / Revised: 19 December 2018 / Accepted: 20 December 2018 / Published: 22 December 2018
Full-Text   |   PDF [499 KB, uploaded 22 December 2018]   |  


In the recent past, we introduced a natural mechanism (stochastic) in the literature to explain the image formation on the Linen of Turin by taking into account the yellowed linen fibrils distribution of the Shroud. In our opinion, a weak energy source like the thermal radiation produced by the enveloped corpse yielded on the linen a latent image, ruled by a stochastic process, and made by small bundles of yellowed fibrils. The image on the Shroud is unique and it appeared later than the blood image with its 2D and 3D characteristics. Moreover, a correlation between the density of yellowed fibrils and the cloth-body distance is present, again proving the action of a stochastic process. In this paper, we would like to discuss, step by step, the whole natural process that occurred in the formation of the Shroud body image. In every case, to confirm our hypothesis of Shroud body image formation, it is necessary to perform experimental investigations in the Forensic Medicine area. View Full-Text
Keywords: Thermal energy; Stochastic process; Yellowed fibrils; Shroud body image formation Thermal energy; Stochastic process; Yellowed fibrils; Shroud body image formation

Figure 1

This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited (CC BY 4.0).

Share & Cite This Article

MDPI and ACS Style

Fazio, G.; Mandaglio, G.; Anastasi, A. Describing, Step by Step, the Shroud Body Image Formation. Heritage 2019, 2, 34-38.

Show more citation formats Show less citations formats

Article Metrics

Article Access Statistics



[Return to top]
Heritage EISSN 2571-9408 Published by MDPI AG, Basel, Switzerland RSS E-Mail Table of Contents Alert
Back to Top