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c. 1025

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  • The art begins to feature scenes of the Mourning (Threnos) in which, for the first time, Christ’s dead body is shown lying in the position known from the Shroud. These scenes also feature a long and wide strip of linen, corresponding to the full length of the Shroud, whereas hitherto the scenes of Christ being laid in the tomb have depicted his body as rolled up in narrow linen bandages, in the style of an Egyptian mummy.

Presumably for conservation purposes, the cloth is removed by someone from its ornate frame, untied from the supporting board and unrolled, so that for the first time since apostolic times a double image of the whole figure appears.


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