Just another reason that organized religion fears science and finds it necessary to war against empirical thought. The famous shroud goes on display by the Vatican despite this revelation (no pun intended).
I maintain the glaring argument that few on either side even use:
You can't get a correctly-proportioned 2D image by wrapping it around a 3D object. If this were an actual shroud, once you unwrap it from the object the image would be wildly distorted. E.g.; the eyes on the image would measure as far apart as the person's eyes, plus the depth between eyes and tip of the nose.
What I don't get about the shroud is that, if it's for real, then that almost certainly means Jesus did NOT resurrect after 3 days in the tomb. The time it would take for the image to transfer to the cloth must certainly be considerable . . . way more than a mere 3 days!
Actually, christians think the image transferred to the shroud via a miracle when his body was reanimated. They say it's the first photograph or some such nonsense. Which, naturally, is not true, but christians are adept at believing things that are not true.
As I understand it, the material predates Da Vinci. He still could have used it.
Yeah, it's a long shot, and a hypothesis that might never be proven. But an intriguing one. Da Vinci definitely had the tools, the intelligence, the motivation, the talent, the cahones, the sense of humor and very likely a seething hatred for the church (though you couldn't exactly advertise it back then).
Anyone with the right tools, talent and guts could have done it. But if it was Da Vinci, it's exactly the kind of thing he would have done.