This statue is the three-dimensional representation of the Sindone Man’s natural grandeur, made on the millimeter measures taken from the canvas on which the body of Christ was wrapped during the crucifixion “, explains Giulio Fanti, Professor of Mechanical and Thermal Measurements at the Università di Padova and expert of the relic. The teacher, based on his measurements, has made a “carbon copy” in 3D that – affirms him – allows him to affirm that these are the real measures of the crucified Christ.
“We consider that we finally have the precise image of what Jesus was like on this earth. From now on you can no longer be represented without having this work in mind “. The professor has entrusted the weekly Chi with the exclusive of this work of his, and revealed to them: “According to our studies, Jesus was a man of extraordinary beauty. Slender, but very robust, it was one meter eighty centimeters tall, when the average height of the period was 1.65 meters. And he had a regal and majestic expression. “
Through the study and the three-dimensional projection of the figure, Fanti has also been able to make a count of the numerous injuries on the body of the Man of the Sindone:
“On the Holy Shroud – the professor adds – I have counted 370 flagellate wounds, without taking into account the lateral ones, which the canvas does not offer because it only enveloped the anterior and posterior part of the body. But we can launch the hypothesis of about 600 hits. In addition, the reconstruction. In addition, the three-dimensional reconstruction has allowed us to reconstruct that at the time of death, the man of the Sindone was bent to the right because the right shoulder was so severely dislocated that it had injured the nerves “(Il Mattino di Padova).
The questions that surround the mystery of the Sindone are still present, surely in that martyred man we see the sign of suffering, and in it we find a little of each one of us; but also – in the eyes of faith – the hope that this man was not just any man, but the Man par excellence, that Ecce Homo who appeared docile in front of Pilate and who after the tremendous flogging was crucified while innocent, but carrying the guilt of all.
And although in the Sindone it is not obligatory even for the Christian, the exceptionality of that linen remains there to challenge our understanding and our certainties, almost as did Jesus of Nazareth in person, who challenged our certainties by loving his persecutors, forgiving them from the cross and overcoming death two thousand years ago …