Skip to content

Scientists reconstruct the face of St. Nicholas

By CNA News
12/7/2017 (4 months ago)
Catholic Online (https://www.catholic.org)

What does Santa Claus really look like?

Scientists at a university in Liverpool have unveiled what they say is the most realistic portrait ever created of St. Nicholas of Myra, the popular 4th century bishop best known as the inspiration for the modern-day figure of Santa Claus.

The face of St. Nicholas, reconstructed by scholars.

The face of St. Nicholas, reconstructed by scholars.

Highlights

By CNA News
Catholic Online (https://www.catholic.org)
12/7/2017 (4 months ago)

Published in Christian Saints & Heroes

Keywords: St. Nicholas, face, Santa Claus


Liverpool, England (CNA) - Researchers at Liverpool John Moores University's Face Lab used a facial reconstruction system and 3D interactive technology to create the portrait, which was unveiled on Dec. 6, 2014 - the feast day of St. Nicholas.

University Professor Caroline Wilkinson said the reconstruction relied on "all the skeletal and historical material" available, the BBC reports. A university spokeswoman said the new image uses "the most up-to-date anatomical standards, Turkish tissue depth data and CGI techniques."
Among the features depicted in the saint's image is a broken nose, which Wilkinson said had "healed asymmetrically, giving him a characteristic nose and rugged facial appearance."

St. Nicholas lived 270-343 A.D. He was the bishop of Myra, in southern Turkey.

During his years as bishop, he was imprisoned during the Diocletian persecution, then later released when Constantine came to power.

He was known for his staunch defense of the faith, as well as his often anonymous generosity toward those in need.

Stories surrounding the saint abound. He is believed to have once rescued three sisters from being sold into slavery by throwing bags of gold through an open window into their house to pay their family's debts.

Another popular story holds that he became so enraged by the heretic Arius -- who claimed that Christ was not truly God -- that he punched him during a heated debate at the Council of Nicea in 325 A.D.

Based on the broken nose in the saint's facial reconstruction, maybe Arius punched him back.

This article was originally published on CNA Dec. 11, 2016.
Correction: This article initially said the facial reconstruction was unveiled in 2016. It was unveiled in 2014.

---


'Help Give every Student and Teacher FREE resources for a world-class Moral Catholic Education'


Copyright 2018 - Distributed by THE CALIFORNIA NETWORK

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for APRIL 2018
For those who have Responsibility in Economic Matters.
That economists may have the courage to reject any economy of exclusion and know how to open new paths.


Comments


More Christian Saints & Heroes

Surprising facts about Bl. Oscar Romero Watch

Image of Bl. Oscar Romero.

In his role as Vicar General, Monsignor Ricardo Urioste was one of the closest collaborators of Oscar Romero, the archbishop of San ... continue reading


Sister Consolata di Santo who worked with Padre Pio passes away Watch

Image of

Sister Consolata di Santo, one of the first religious sisters to work in the hospital developed by St. Padre Pio, died March 2 at age 101, ... continue reading


Will this heroine of the Wild West be the next American saint? Watch

Image of Sr. Blandina could become the next American saint.

Billy the Kid, a notorious bank and stage-coach robber of the Wild West, met his match in the most unlikely of people when he met Sister ... continue reading


Understanding the devotion to the Black Nazarene Watch

Image of

For over four centuries, a historical and iconic miraculous statue of Jesus Christ carrying his Cross has become an emblem of passion, ... continue reading


Traversing Canada in a duffel bag, the arm of St. Francis Xavier continues to inspire the faithful Watch

Image of The arm of St. Francis Xavier is touring Canada.

A holy relic of St. Francis Xavier is touring Canada from St. John's to Victoria.  LOS ANGELES, CA (California Network) - The forearm ... continue reading


Never Miss any Updates!

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers.

Information
Learn about Catholic world

Catholic Online
Inform - Inspire - Ignite

Catholic Online Saints
Your saints explained

Catholic Online Prayers
Prayers for every need

Catholic Online Bible
Complete bible online

Catholic Online News
Your news Catholic eye

Daily Reading
Today's bible reading

Lent / Easter
Death & resurrection of Jesus

Advent / Christmas
Birth of Jesus

Rest of Catholic Online
All Catholic world we offer

Services
Products and services we offer

Catholic Online Shopping
Catholic medals, gifts & books

The California Network
Inspiring streaming service

Advertise on Catholic Online
Your ads on catholic.org

Catholic Online Email
Email with Catholic feel

Catholic Online Singles
Safe, secure Catholic dating

The California Studios
World-class post production service

Education
Learn the Catholic way

Catholic Online School
Free Catholic education for all

Student Classes
K-12 & Adult Education Classes

School Teachers
Teacher lesson plans & resources

Support Free Education
Tax deductible support Free education

Socials
Connect with us online

Catholic Online on Facebook
Catholic social network

Catholic Online on Twitter
Catholic Tweets

Catholic Online on YouTube
Enjoy our videos

Catholic Online on Instagram
Shared Catholic moments

Catholic Online on Pinterest
Catholic ideas style inspiration

Catholic Online Logo

Copyright 2018 Catholic Online. All materials contained on this site, whether written, audible or visual are the exclusive property of Catholic Online and are protected under U.S. and International copyright laws, © Copyright 2018 Catholic Online. Any unauthorized use, without prior written consent of Catholic Online is strictly forbidden and prohibited.