According to a legendary tale, Christ himself left the image of his visage on a linen, which would then be sent to King Abgar, who wanted to meet Jesus.
So, could the mandyllon be the Shroud?
Maybe, said Wilson; and yet, in absence of any proof, we believe that the Shroud is an icon of Christ, and that its image exists to remind us of the passion and death of Christ.
Hence, the Shroud is an open path to contemplation, in faith.
Through the centuries, many artists have represented the deposition and sought the light of the visage of Christ, giving us masterpieces of rare beauty.
By looking at them, we open ourselves to echoes of the events they depict, in our own time.