The statue of Christ, the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. paulgalbraith
Jesus statue outside a church in Kanazawa, Japan. StockPhoto
A motif of Jesus Christ inside a church in Palermo, Italy. EdwardTufte
Retired medical artist Richard Neave has recreated the face of the Son of God by studying Semite skulls using modern-day forensic techniques.
Dr Neave working on the 3D model of Jesus Christ based on a diagrammatic image. Bob Collier
The portrait shows Jesus as having a wide face, dark eyes, a short beard and curly hair. His complexion is dark – almost as dark as people from the Middle East are now.
Based on that, they created this impression of Jesus Christ. The dark eyes were a natural evolutionary trait of the people in that region and the length of the hair was decided by evidences pointing at how Jewish people kept their hair in the era before Christ.
Dr Neave is not claiming that the image being circulated as that of Jesus is actually of him but of someone who would have lived in the same area in the same time period. It must be noted that the Bible does not describe the physical features of Jesus Christ.
Paintings such as ‘The Last Supper’ have been strengthening the angelic image of Jesus Christ for centuries.
The Last Supper by Leonardo DaVinci. WikimediaCommons
Dr Neave is retired from the University of Manchester in England and has in the past two decades worked on the reconstruction of famous faces, including Philip II of Macedonia, the father of Alexander the Great, and King Midas of Phrygia.