Face to face –

The description

A face of beauty unsurpassed
in shining spirit image cast.
The soul’s pure mark doth there remain,
and Heaven’s peace doth softly reign.

Friedrich Gottlieb Klopstock (1724 - 1803)

Almond-shaped eyes, curved eyebrows, a long, narrow nose, the slightly opened mouth – this is the face revealed to viewers of the veil – a symmetrical face, framed by long hair and a thin beard, crowned by a short shock of hair. Closer inspection reveals a slight swelling of the right cheek and an injury to the nose.

The material is a fine, transparent fabric measuring 24 x 17.5 cm, which appears to change with the lighting. Amazingly, the motif is visible from both sides. Like the shroud of Turin, no colored pigments or other deposits have been found on the veil. Despite this, the colors of the veil range from shades of brown to slate gray to golden yellow, depending on the lighting conditions. In bright light the veil turns white, and the image can no longer be seen. Like the colors of the rainbow and butterfly wings, the colors on the sudarium of Manoppello are made visible via light refraction and the superimposition of light waves.


Like the colors of the rainbow and butterfly wings, the colors on the sudarium of Manoppello are made visible via light refraction and the superimposition of light waves.