Cicero Moraes and the team of researchers who brought you the reconstructed face of St. Anthony of Padua are back with the patron saint of love and happy marriages. ATOR (Arc-Team Open Research) uses state-of-the-art technology to create a digital image of saintly remains, and from there they can render the most accurate possible depiction of what the saints may have looked like. Previous subjects have included Mary Magdelene, Sidoine of Aix, Rose of Lima, Martin de Porres, Jhon Macías, and Paulina Visintainer.
The process began with a photo shoot of St. Valentine’s remains at the Basilica of Santa Maria, in Rome. As Dr. José Luís Lira was unable to physically interact with the relic, he instead took the measurements of the reliquary. From this he was able to determine the proper dimensions of St. Valentine’s skull.