PUBLISHED : Friday, 04 October, 2002, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 04 October, 2002, 12:00am

Treasures Of Mankind: Leonardo, The Man Behind The Shroud

Pearl, 8.30pm

Worshipped by millions as the authentic burial cloth of Jesus, the Shroud of Turin is one of the most sacred and controversial relics of the Christian world. Believers say the image of Christ was burned onto the cloth fibres by the intense heat of the resurrection. Debate over the shroud's authenticity has raged over the years, following attempts at scientific study. Experts on the shroud (above), on Renaissance art, image analysis, forensic science and crucifixion disagree about how this mysterious image could have been created. If the shroud is a fake, who would have had the ability and motivation to have created it? For some, the answer is Leonardo da Vinci. This film draws parallels between Renaissance painting and early Christian and medieval history, and visits the places where da Vinci lived as well as modern scientific laboratories in America in an attempt to uncover the truth.