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Pia Photograph of the Face 1898

Nothing in the Shroud's later history has been more significant than Secondo Pia's amazing discovery of its negative image properties in 1898. This shocked people. This launched more than a century of scientific endeavors to try and understand how the image was formed. To many people, it was intuitively obvious that no forger, no faker of relics, no artist would or even could paint a negative image.

While developing his photographs, he discovered that images that appeared on the glass plate negatives were positive images, startling in clarity and realistic appearance. For the first time people could see the amazing detail in the Shroud’s images. It is not that the detail wasn’t there on the Shroud. It was. But our minds are not well adapted to interpreting negative images. What for centuries had appeared only as ghostlike images now appeared to be graphically remarkable front and back pictures of the man on the Shroud

  The scientific study of the Turin shroud is like a microcosm of the scientific search for God: it does more to inflame any debate than settle it.”

  And yet, the shroud is a remarkable artefact, one of the few religious relics to have a justifiably mythical status.

  It is simply not known how the ghostly image of a serene, bearded man was made.”

Scientist-Journalist Philip Ball
Nature, January 2005

Nature, that most prestigious of scientific journals, that once had bragging rights to claim that the Shroud was fake, responding to new, peer-reviewed studies that discredit the carbon 14 dating and show that the Shroud could be authentic.


  1. The Shroud of Turin is certainly much older than the now discredited radiocarbon date of 1260-1390. It is at least twice as old and it could be 2000 years old.  FACTS
  2. Though no one knows how it was made, the image is a selective caramel-like darkening of an otherwise clear coating of starch fractions and various saccharides.  FACTS
  3. The blood is real blood.  FACTS
  4. Much of what we think we see in the image is an optical illusion FACTS

Shroud of Turin Facts Check: 2005 Facts