Iconic graffiti artist, Banksy has astounded the world by revealing that his great, great, great, great, great grandfather, Giovanni de Banco, a 16th century Italian painter was responsible for making The Turin Shroud - probably the number one wonder of the religious world.
It has long been thought that the Shroud was a forgery of the proper burial clothes used by the Lord Jesus Christ himself and carbon dating tests conducted on the material have so far been unable to confirm the exact age of the cloth. The Vatican remained tightlipped about its true age.
Banksy told In Seine News;"I have been very busy researching my family tree on Genes Reunited because I wondered where my love of art and my creative essence came from. It was from there that I discovered that I am descended from an Italian immigrant family who had moved over here in 1583 to escape persecution by the Muslim hordes."
"That would explain why I am very reclusive because I know that pictures make such an impact and I must have some of Giovanni's blood in my veins to cause me to make such statements using images. Come to think of it, he was probably the original asylum seeker!"
He revealed that Giovanni was actually painting a picture of the Prophet Mohammed, but because there was nobody who knew what he actually looked like, he was painted from Giovanni's imagination. This image was quickly seized by the Vatican and reputed to be Jesus Christ. The cloth was then wrapped way for centuries before being finally revealed to the world.