The Holy Shroud of Turin, one of the most venerated objects of the Christian faith, was in fact the work of the great Italian pre-Renaissance painter Giotto, the author of a new book on the subject claimed yesterday.

Luciano Buso, a painter and art restorer from Treviso, said several veiled appearances of the number 15, hidden in the fabric by the artist, indicate Giotto created the shroud in 1315.

With the new claim, Giotto joins an exclusive club of figures who have been credited with creating or handling the Shroud, believed by the faithful to be the burial cloth in which Christ’s body was wrapped after the Crucifixion, including Leonardo da Vinci, the Knights Templar and of course Jesus himself.

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