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“The Unknown Saga of the SHADOW OF CHRIST and His Church”

A novel by Jack Brandão

Museu de Arte Sacra de São Paulo – BUT/SP, institution of the Department of Culture and Economy of the State of São Paulo Creative, in partnership with the publisher The light and power receive for the book release authored by Prof. Dr. Jack Barnett – “The Unknown Saga of the SHADOW OF CHRIST and His Church”.

The publication is the result, in the form of a novel, more than three decades of research on one of the most studied topics in the world during the sec. XX – the Holy Shroud of Turin – carried out by one of the most recognized researchers on the topic in the Southern Hemisphere. In it, o Prof. Jack Brandão reports results from a research carried out through “an archeology not only of the object itself, as well as the Church which is formed through the apostles and their successors.”

“To discuss the Holy Shroud is to enter a swampy terrain, filled with fantastic narratives, many of which were propagated by pious people who had not even experienced them., but who heard from someone what they received from another who heard from a third… Such a fissure was only possible due to the absence of reliable records both in the Gospels - which left us with very little information in this regard or to focus on the essential, the resurrection of the Lord, or not to have to reproduce and propagate a banal act within that society –, as in the so-called official history, often also preoccupied with the unusual and the diverse.

Presents, credibly, the possible origin of the fabric – from the plantation of flax in Egypt, their manufacture on the Syrian looms until their arrival in Jerusalem —, the means employed to safeguard it and protect it from the enemies of the faith, as well as its elevation to scientific object, from photography by Pio Secondo, in 1898. Using the linen fabric as the main character of his saga, we will not only have a journey through the history of the Holy Shroud, as well as the emergence and development of the Church, your story, their anxieties and their conflicts within the Roman and Persian Empires.”

Book: “The Unknown Saga of the SHADOW OF CHRIST and His Church”.

Author: Jack Barnett

Publisher: The light and power

Number of pages: 260

Dimensions: 14 x 21 cm

Date: 19 February 2022 – Saturday – at 11 am

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A author

Jack Barnett (São Paulo, SP) – Doctor from the University of São Paulo (USP), researcher of medieval art, Renaissance and 17th century, especially of its receipt by the modern reader; developing the concept of iconofotologia, with which keeps their line of research. Author of books on the subject, as well as articles related to the subject in journals from Brazil and abroad; novelist and poet. Director of the Center imagistic CONDES-photos, besides being editor of the academic journal The light and power.

A Museum

A Museu de Arte Sacra de São Paulo, institution of the Department of Culture and Economy of the State of São Paulo Creative, It is one of the most important of its kind in the country. It is the result of an agreement signed between the State Government and Mitra Archdiocese of Sao Paulo, in 28 October 1969, and its installation date 29 June 1970. Since then, the Museu de Arte Sacra de São Paulo He came to occupy wing of the Monastery of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception of Light, on Avenida Tiradentes, downtown São Paulo. The building is one of the most important monuments of colonial architecture São Paulo, built of rammed earth, rare remaining example in the city, last farm convent city. It was listed by the Historical and Artistic Heritage Institute National, in 1943, and the Council for the Defense of Heritage, Architectural artistic and the State of São Paulo, in 1979. It has much of its collection also listed by IPHAN, since 1969, whose priceless heritage includes relics of stories in Brazil and worldwide. A Museu de Arte Sacra de São Paulo holds a vast collection of works created between the 16th and 20th centuries, counting with rare specimens and significant. There are more than 10 thousand items in the collection. Has works of recognized names, as Frei Agostinho da Piedade, Frei Agostinho de Jesus, Antonio Francisco Lisboa, the "Aleijadinho" and Benedito Calixto de Jesus, Among many, anonymous or not. Noteworthy are also the collections of nativity scenes, silverware and jewelery, Lampadarios, furniture, altarpieces, altars, clothing, liturgical books and numismatic.


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