Russ Breault tells us on the Shroud Encounter Facebook page:
Art, Icon or Relic?—The Role of Art in Exploring and Revealing an Ancient Mystery
Is the famous Shroud of Turin the work of a medieval artist? Is it a religious icon or is it a relic of a historical event? No one knows for sure. Explore the mystery from the rich realm of art.
This comprehensive presentation will look at:
• Art as historical depiction
• Art copies of the original
• Influence of the Shroud on Byzantine art
• Comparison of art during the middle ages
• Mechanics of art such as style, technique, substances and process.
Program will make use of over 200 images. 90 minutes
Russ Breault to speak in Chester, Illinois
The following poster tells us that my good friend Russ Breault will be speaking at a Supernatural Seminar Friday and Saturday, November 13 and 14, 2015, at the First Baptist Church in Chester, Illinois. Chester is a town on the Mississippi River about an hour’s drive south of St.Louis.
I notice, too, that the Senior Pastor at Sunrise Baptist Church in Las Vegas, Nevada, will be talking about UFO’s, Aliens and Demons. While it depends on who you believe, it should be noted nonetheless that in 1977, Chester was destroyed in a UFO attack. Wikipedia tells us:
In the January 1978 issue of Official UFO Pulp Fiction Magazine, editor Myron Fass claimed that UFOs had attacked and entirely destroyed (or in his words ‘Destructed’) the town of Chester, Illinois, on the night of August 2, 1977. After mainstream Press reporters interviewed Chester residents, who obviously suffered no UFO attack, Fass claimed the aliens had instantly rebuilt the town and erased most residents’ memories of the attack.
Now. that is dematerialization you can’t argue with.
The picture of the church is from a Google car drive-by in August 2013.
Updated since posting: Try Battle of the Chemists. This is a download of the Power Point.
In the past two days there have been some comments about Adler, Heller and McCrone in the posting, It’s the Curmudgeon in Me.
Here is a link to a PPT presentation Russ Breault did for the American Chemical Society many years ago. It compares McCrone’s findings and methodology with that of Heller and Adler.
Note: With Windows 10 I can only view the presentation with Google Chrome. Microsoft Edge fails to format correctly. I have not tried any other browsers.
Here is the Table of Contents:
- The Shroud of Turin
- Battle of the Chemists - Whose science is better?
- The Chemistry Controversy
- Adler and Heller Summarized
- Incidental Debris
- Microscopic Characteristics
- More on Iron Oxide
- Organic Pigments?
- The Body Image
- Similar chemistry to a light scorch
- Blood Images
- Control Samples
- Blood Chemistry
- Red Particles
- Iron Particles
- Why Iron Oxide?
- Random Particles
- Last Word on McCrone
In essence, Jackson & Jumper took the crude photo of the Shroud, determined location of 13 characteristic points on the face, determined their vertical coordinates on the model, determined the relative intensity of those points with VP-8 (much more primitive than ImageJ we use today), plotted linear regression, obtaining as a parameter max range of 3.7 cm, calculated correlation coefficient, determining that almost certainly there is at least some correlation, and then compared it with the profile for the whole front image of the Shroud. Simple technique, but remarkable achievement.
- Take the time to read this presentation carefully.
- Is this the definitive final word on the 3D properties of the shroud? No. For one thing it is unfinished, as O.K. tells us. O.K. promises to respond to our comments and questions and add to the presentation. So look for more.
- In my mind, this a very important presentation on the 3D properties of the shroud, perhaps the most important one so far.
Am I convinced? Yes and no. I am convinced that the 3D means data is there. Smooth the image data, but not too little or too much, and you have, in essence, a height-field (my terminology, not O.K.’s). Sure, it easy to imagine that this means that the data somehow represents body to cloth distance. A carefully calculated correlation doesn’t make it so, however. It could be that there are other possible reasons even though I don’t have any strong ideas about what they might be.
All right, I cheated. Here is the same image, but this time using ‘Thermal LUT’ instead of ‘Original colors’
[See Part 1, slides 19 & 20 ]
As you can see, the image is blurred too much -too high smoothing applied, and a lot information is gone. We have a handy image in original colors, but actually disastrous 2D resolution.
He reports on Facebook:
Last Saturday I gave two sold-out presentations at the truly amazing Children’s Museum of Indianapolis and got to see their beautiful National Geographic Sacred Journey’s Exhibit in person. The museum curators expanded the basic exhibit and added a lifesize replica of the Shroud, which you can see on display in the photo below. The exhibit runs until February 2016 and is definitely worth seeing. I’ll include a full report in our next website update. (See the September 3rd posting below for links). Photo ©2015 Children’s Museum of Indianapolis
Other coverage in this blog includes:
Also see previous posting, Russ Breault’s Shroud Encounter in Chicago September 19
Press Release: (Click on Posters for Larger View)
The Shroud of Turin Education Project, Inc. will be presenting two unique presentations at St. Lambert Parish located at 8148 Karlov Ave in Skokie, IL on Sunday, September 20th at 2:00 PM. A free will offering is requested to cover expenses.St
The first presentation is called: The Day the Shroud Foiled Hitler which documents the seven years from 1939 to 1946 when the Shroud was secretly taken out of Turin to keep it away from Adolph Hitler.
Hitler was obsessed with finding religious artifacts with the belief they would give him supernatural power in his bid for world conquest. In 1938, Hitler visited Italy and his trip included Turin. His henchmen began asking questions about the King’s prized relic, The Shroud of Turin. When Hitler invaded Poland the next year, the sacred cloth was secretly taken to a monastery south of Rome. In 1943, the Nazis came looking for it, first in Turin and then later at the monastery.
Russ Breault documents this chapter of history and how Hitler first obtained the “Spear of Destiny” kept in Austria. He also searched for the Holy Grail but to no avail. What drove his obsession? This intriguing new big screen presentation tells the story.
The second presentation is called: Seven Secrets of the Sacred Shroud and will look at seven compelling theological-apologetic reasons why the Shroud is most likely the authentic burial cloth of Jesus.
Both presentations are a production of the Shroud of Turin Education Project, Inc. and will be presented by international expert Russ Breault.
Mr. Breault has been featured in several national documentaries seen on CBS, History Channel and Discovery. He was interviewed this year for Good Morning America to discuss the latest research. He has presented at numerous colleges and universities including Duke, West Point, Johns Hopkins, Penn State and many others. See ShroudEncounter.com for more info.
The Shroud was largely dismissed in 1988 when three carbon dating labs indicated a medieval origin. However chemical research published in a peer reviewed scientific journal in 2005 showed that the single sample cut from the outside corner edge may not have been part of the original Shroud material. In violation of the sampling protocol, only one sample was used for dating and was cut from the most handled area of the cloth, an area that should have been avoided. The sample may have been part of a section that was repaired sometime during the Middle Ages. Many scientists now believe the carbon dating result is inconclusive and should no longer be considered valid.
Adding more doubt to the carbon dating tests, new chemical and mechanical tests published in 2013 by Italian scientists with Padua University indicate a date range of 280 BC to 220 AD.
The mystery continues. National Geographic called it "One of the most perplexing enigmas of modern times."