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Beato Angelico's 'Lamentation' displayed with Turin Shroud


Turin, April 14 - The rare public presentation of
the mysterious Shroud of Turin, said to have been Christ's
burial cloth, will be complemented by a famous 15th century
painting "The Lamentation of Christ" by Renaissance master Beato
The recently restored Lamentation, depicting weeping
mourners wrapping Christ's body in the Shroud, has been loaned
by the Museum of San Marco in Florence to enhance visitors'
experience in Turin.
The painting, which had been damaged by rain when a tornado
hit Florence last September, will be displayed from Thursday
through June 30.
A special mobile app through Google Play or Apple, offers
viewers an audio guide narrated by Timothy Verdon, director of
the Duomo museum in Florence, illuminates the panel which was
painted between 1441 and 1442.
Experts suggest that Fra Angelico likely saw the Turin
shroud before he painted the Lamentation panel, with the result
an intense rendering of the moments after Christ's crucifixion
The Shroud, which is rarely seen by the public, will be
displayed in the Chapel of the Shroud in the crypt beneath the
Turin's most important cathedral.
Pope Francis has said that he will visit the shroud on June
The city and Diocese of Turin are preparing for inflows of
guests by training some 4,500 volunteers to work with visitors.
In March 2013, soon after he took office, Pope Francis was
involved in a broadcast event that showed rare images of the
mysterious holy relic to TV viewers.
Francis delivered the opening message in that unusual event
on state broadcaster RAI, which marked only the second time the
Church has permitted the Shroud to be filmed and broadcast.
In 2010, former Pope Benedict XVI viewed the Shroud of
Turin during a special seven-week display that marked the first
time the Shroud had been seen by the public since it was
restored in 2002.
Before then, it had been on view in 2000 and has been on
display only five times in the past 100 years.
Believers say the linen Shroud was used to cover the body
of Christ after his crucifixion and countless scientific tests
conducted over the years have revealed the outline of the body
of a man embedded in the fabric.
The Shroud is normally heavily guarded in a bullet-proof,
climate-controlled glass case within Turin's cathedral.
Only once before had images of the Shroud been broadcast as
ordered in November 1973 by then-pope Paul VI.
Some sceptics maintain the Shroud is nothing more than an
elaborate fake dating from the Middle Ages, triggering centuries
of debate over whether the image is truly that of Christ, or a
very good forgery.
Radiocarbon-dating tests conducted on the cloth in 1988
suggested it dated from between 1260 and 1390; however, other
scientists have since claimed those results could have been
distorted by centuries of contamination.
That has led to calls for more testing, which the Vatican
has consistently refused.

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