Digital artists recreate the face of Jesus


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Digital artists believe they have recreated the face of Jesus, an image in 3D based on the Shroud of Turin.

"There's a long tradition in Christian theology and Christian history of seeking the face of Christ - of wanting to know what he was like as a man," priest and author Father Jonathan Morris told US television network ABC News, according to a Sydney Morning Herald report.

But the new image, unveiled on a History Channel program, is swarthy and 1.72 metres tall, compared to the paintings representation of Jesus as fair, slim and tall.

"I have a lot of information about that face and my estimation is we're pretty darn close to what this man looked like," digital artist Ray Downing, who was the lead artist on the project, told ABC News.

"The solution was to realise that the shroud wasn't hanging on the wall - it was wrapping a corpse. That's the crux of the problem - the face is hidden in there," he said.

Downing said he and his team used the imprints on the cloth to get a "blueprint" of Jesus' image. But he added that the marks on the Shroud alone were not enough to recreate the complete figure.

"Inevitably, you do run out of information.

"You can't see the pores in a linen fabric. There are no eyebrows. It doesn't take a lot of guesswork to assign pores and skin texture to a model, to know that the man did have eyebrows and to provide them.

"At some point, you do have to leave the realm of actual information and use experience."