Collaborative Research: A Way Forward when it comes to the Manoppello?

clip_image001Randy Frost, sacristan of St. Ignatius’ Church and director of the Daniel Dajani, S.J., Albanian Catholic Institute on the University of San Francisco campus writes on his blog, A Way Forward for Collaborative Research on the Shroud of Turin and the Holy Face of Manoppello

Ever since  Sr. Blandina Paschalis Schlömer began to make the first systematic comparisons of photographs of the Holy Face of Manoppello and the Shroud of Turin in her convent in Germany there has quite often been opposition and disdain on the part of scholars of the Shroud for this endeavor. Actually this is not surprising given the mind-boggling claims that the Holy Face is actually not only the Veil of Veronica but the burial face-cloth of Jesus!  How could we have missed this all these centuries?

Nevertheless following in the footsteps of Sr. Blandina there have always been more than a few Shroud scholars who have tried to see if and how these two images of Jesus might be related.

Recently several interesting articles comparing the two images using the ImageJ computer software for image processing and analysis have appeared on one of my favorite blogs:  The Shroud of Turin blog – latest news and views on the Shroud of Turin edited by Albert R. "Kim" Dreisbach.

The author of the two articles is Oskar K. from Poland who presents what I think is a compelling case for the Holy Face of Manoppello to be a part of the research on the Shroud of Turin and offers ImageJ software as one of the research tools.

Along with the fascinating overlays of the two images which are presented in his papers are a number of  hard hitting comments which the blog is known for.
https://shroudstory.com/2014/06/14/imagej-used-to-compare-the-shroud-of-turin-and-the-manoppello-image/#comments

Here are several of the author’s replies to comments on his article which I find important.

Read on

Note: Not edited by Albert R. "Kim" Dreisbach, but Dan Porter.

The Manoppello: This little cloth cannot be further ignored in Shroud research!

imageO.K. sends along an addendum to his recent paper, Shroud of Turin & Manoppello Image Comparison & 3D analysis: Or the magic of ImageJ.

So now, enjoy Addendum: Shroud of Turin & Manoppello Image Comparison & 3D analysis: Or the magic of ImageJ continues in which he drives home the point:

For now I leave aside further discussion about Manoppello, it’s possible authenticity, and relation to the Shroud and Veil of Veronica. The final conclusion is: This little cloth cannot be further ignored in Shroud research! (emphasis his but reduced in size by me)

ImageJ Used to Compare the Shroud of Turin and the Manoppello Image

imageAs a guest posting, O.K. has put together an intriguing image-ladened paper, Shroud of Turin & Manoppello Image Comparison & 3D analysis: Or the magic of ImageJ.  

Jumping to near the end:

Suppose for a moment that both the Shroud and the Manoppello are authentic relics of Jesus. Being so different, they provide complementary information.  The monochromatic Shroud with it’s 3D properties provides a model Jesus outlook. It is essentially like an old sculpture. It provides information about shape of the object, but no other information like skin, eyes, hair colour.

But what [that] model needs is texture. And Manoppello, if genuine may provide it!

It is wonderfully fun to see how powerful ImageJ can be.

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