For the reopening of the Guarini Chapel in which the Holy Shroud is kept, the Palazzo Madama is organizing an exhibition entitled The Shroud and Its Image from September 28, 2018, until January 21, 2019.
The exhibition presents about 80 works from the Racconigi castle and the Humbert II and Marie-José of Savoy Foundation, as well as from the Museum of the Shroud of Turin and the Palazzo Madama’s collections.
Visitors will discover the case used to transport the shroud to Turin in 1578 and camera used by Secondo Pia, the first to photograph the Shroud in 1898.
The event is being organized by Clelia Arnaldi di Balme, curator of the Palazzo Madama, in honor of the reopening of the Chapel of the Shroud after the fire on April 11, 1997. On that night, thanks to the firemen’s swift reaction, the Shroud was unharmed by the fire.
“This incident reminds one of the fire in Chambéry in 1532,” explained Clelia Arnaldi di Balme; one of Emmanuel Philibert of Savoy’s generals saved the Shroud from those flames.
The Holy Shroud continues to draw pilgrims from all over the world. The last two times it was exposed, in 2010 and 2015, over two million visitors came to venerate it.