Exhibitions of the 20th Century (part 3)

1933
After just two years, from September 24th to October 15th, 1933, the Shroud was shown again to the desire of Pope Pius XI who intended to celebrate a Jubilee on the occasion of the 19th centenary of Redemption: it was, in fact, an exposition due to the express will of a Pope: a not exactly common fact, since Vittorio Emanuele III, king of Italy, welcomed the expectations of the Pius XI granting the permission to exhibit the Shroud but pointed out to Cardinal Fossati that he would no longer authorize exhibitions unrelated to dynastic events, such as the wedding of his first grandson (Nicolotti 2015, p. 238).

The Shroud exposed for veneration in the churchyard of the Cathedral of Turin during the 1933 exhibition.
The Shroud exposed for veneration in the churchyard of the Cathedral of Turin during the 1933 exhibition.

During the opening and closing ceremony the Shroud was exposed in the churchyard; October 15th 1933 was the last time that such an action was repeated.

The crowd in the square outside the Turin cathedral (1933).
The crowd in the square outside the Turin Cathedral (1933).

During the 1933 Exhibition pilgrims could also visit a great “Sacred Diorama,” i.e. a reconstruction of the Passion of Christ with statues (some of which were sculpted by Michelangelo Monti) and paintings.
An account of the entire exposition was published in a small book (L’Ostensione della SS. Sindone. Torino 1933, ‘The Exposition of the Most Holy Shroud. Turin 1933’, Giachino, Torino 1933, edited by G. Pozzi). However, this is a commemorative publication (full of advertising inserts) and a completely different volume from as the one published two years earlier. The two photos shown in this post come from this 1933 book.

References:

L’ostensione della SS. Sindone. Torino 1933 (a cura di G. Pozzi), Giachino, Torino 1933.

Nicolotti 2015 = Andrea Nicolotti, Sindone. Storia e leggende di una reliquia controversa, Einaudi, Torino 2015.

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