Was Leonardo da Vinci really Jesus of Nazareth? The shroud seems to say so!

“Damn! Who told?”

A study of facial features suggests the image on the relic is actually da Vinci’s own face which could have been projected into the cloth.

The artefact has been regarded by generations of believers as the face of the crucified Jesus who was wrapped in it, but carbon-dating by scientists points to its creation in the Middle Ages.

American artist Lillian Schwartz, a graphic consultant at the School of Visual Arts in New York who came to prominence in the 1980s when she matched the face of the Mona Lisa to a Leonardo self-portrait, used computer scans to show that the face on the Shroud has the same dimensions to that of da Vinci.

“It matched. I’m excited about this,” she said. “There is no doubt in my mind that the proportions that Leonardo wrote about were used in creating this Shroud’s face.”

Please read the details.  One wants so much for it to be true. Then the nutballs who insist that Jesus’ face appears on the shroud would have to accept Leonardo da Vinci as Lord! Har!

I always thought it looked like Bobby Fischer.

Artist finds HOPE after LOVE

The Maine artist who brought LOVE to the world is doing the same with HOPE.

Robert Indiana decades ago created the pop icon LOVE, known worldwide with its letters stacked two to a line, the letter “o” tilted on its side. Now he has created a similar image with HOPE, with proceeds going to Democrat Barack Obama’s presidential campaign.

A stainless steel sculpture of the image was unveiled this week outside the Pepsi Center at the Democratic National Convention in Denver. The campaign is selling T-shirts, pins, bumper stickers and other items adorned with HOPE.

Indiana’s…best-known work is LOVE, which he designed for a Christmas card for The Museum of Modern Art in 1964. The U.S. Postal Service featured it on a stamp in 1973, selling 333 million of them.

The McCain campaign had no comment on the Obama campaign’s use of the image. No HOPE. No kidding.

Big cheese carving celebrates Independence Day

A sculpture of the signing of the Declaration of Independence made from a one-tonne block of cheddar cheese glistens on the sidewalk of Times Square in New York as an artist’s tribute to the Fourth of July.

“It’s very patriotic, using the signing of the Declaration of Independence, bringing Americans together for the Fourth,” said Troy Landwehr, who carved the sculpture for cracker company Cheez-It to celebrate U.S. Independence Day.

He worked eight hours a day for a week in a 40-degree cooler carving the block of Wisconsin cheddar.

“The cheddar has been pasteurized and will not melt,” Landwehr said. “What I spray on it is cooking oil and that stops it from drying out and cracking,” he said. “That’s why it looks sweaty. It actually preserves the cheese.”

Enough crackers to go round, it should be a success after the holiday, as well.