the Volto Santo (face of the saint) here since 742.

It is told that Nicodemo, member of the Sinedrio of Jerusalem and Jesus’ disciple, having his image present in his mind during the life and on the cross, wanted to engrave the image to perennial memory. The holy man, guided by an angel, cut a cedar from Lebanon and bagan the carving of the statue. When he had to carve the head, Nicodemo was doubtful being afraid not to able to reproduce the face of the Saviour faithfully. Taken from sacred fear he stopped and fell in a deep asleep during which he dreamed that the head of the Christ was graven be the angels. When he wake up he realized that the face had been miraculously completed and the admirable work was so concluded.