Scientific Research and Essays

  • Abbreviation: Sci. Res. Essays
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1992-2248
  • DOI: 10.5897/SRE
  • Start Year: 2006
  • Published Articles: 2754

Full Length Research Paper

The Shroud of Turin and its ancient copies

César Barta1* and Alfonso V. Carrascosa2
  1Equipo de Investigación del Centro Español de Sindonología, Spain. 2CIAL-CSIC-UAM, Madrid, Spain.
Email: [email protected]

  •  Accepted: 12 July 2012
  •  Published: 30 July 2012



There are copies of the Shroud of Turin, which could be described as "Shroud” actually made by man's hand. We can share our experience in the analysis of some of them. By using the results from these examples and comparing them with the results of the analysis of the Shroud of Turin itself, we could assess the actual possibility that the true Shroud was made by an artist. The negativity, the absence of contour, the absence of the figure at the hidden side and the transparency of the Shroud image differ considerably from their copies. Moreover, the laboratory analyses confirmed the presence of pigments based on heavy elements. In our opinion, the original Shroud of Turin can not be the work of a painter.


Key words: Turin Shroud copies, transparency, negativity, capillarity, pigments.