imageA reader writes:

I see some potential problems with Artifactory’s plan to release a new Shroud replica.

1/ Product descriptions for their Shroud replicas are so erroneous that it is surprising anyone would buy them.

2/ They may confront serious copyright issues using scans provided by an unnamed priest unless the Archdiocese of Turin has granted permission. 

3/ High resolution scans show the herringbone pattern of the cloth very clearly. You can’t print a herringbone pattern on herringbone cloth as they propose.

The image above is from the iPhone app, complete with an electronic watermark. For some information on the unnamed priest see comments by Louis, Barrie, DaveB and Hugh to an earlier posting on this subject.

Here is one product description from the Artifactory website:

The Shroud… Authentic image of Christ, or medieval forgery?  For centuries, this simple, tattered cloth has been surrounded by controversy.  And yet, it is one of the most widely-recognized relics in the world.  Every year, millions travel to Rome to view the shroud in its glass-protected display. But only a select-few have ever been able to get close-enough to the image to be able to examine it in detail. Until now. . .

Artifactory brings you an exacting replica of this historic Icon, recreated from a direct digital, high-resolution scan of the original.  Each replica is printed on 100% polyester canvas, 280g (9oz) weight, 14mil thick.  Both the ink and canvas are water resistant.

This partial section measures 16 inches by 20 inches.  It is a replica of the Shroud as it was displayed in 6th century Turkey, in the village of Edessa.  It remained in this folded configuration for several hundred years, and represents the only view of this sacred relic that thousands of people ever saw.

A life-sized print of the high resolution image on smooth, white paper or plastic, or better yet as a digital image file, now that would be worth something.