I saw the original on my trip to Eastern Europe nearly two summers ago. This is the picture that I recall although the quality is not very good. Sr. Fautina may still have not been totally pleased with it as I remember.
Indeed. Here is yet another fascinating aspect of the Divine Mercy.
Because Faustina was not an artist, her spiritual director Father Sopocko took her to a local Vilnius artist named Eugene Kazimirowski, who painted this Image directly under Faustinas supervision. Sadly remarking, Lord, who will paint You as beautiful as you are (Diary 313), Faustina had the artist change the face at least 10 times. Finally, Our Lord told Faustina that it was good enough - to leave it in the state its in. Just recently it was accidentally discovered at a prayer group in Arizona, that the face on this Image perfectly matched the one on the Holy Shroud of Turin. This restored Vilnius Image is the only Image painted under St. Faustinas direction. It is now available for the first time as it was originally painted. To see the Holy Shroud and the Image of The Divine Mercy as they match, click either the 28k or 56k modem button below. Requires Quicktime.
MOMM utilizes a reproduction of the original image of The Divine Mercy, which was painted by Eugene Kazimirowski in 1934 in Vilnius, Lithuania. This was the only image painted under the direction of St. Faustina. It is documented that St. Faustina had the artist make several changes to the face before she finally came to the studio and announced that Jesus said to leave the image in the state it was in. Quoting the Lord she added:
It isnt good, but it will do; you dont have to change it anymore.
In 1996, quite by chance, it was discovered that there is a practically perfect correspondence between the face of the Vilnius image and the face on the image of the Shroud of Turin. This amazing correlation is beautifully demonstrated in MOMM presentations, and is often felt to be one of the most moving aspects. Christ demonstrates that through His suffering and death came LIFE. Jesus comes to us as a merciful savior, pouring out his mercy upon us all.
For more details on this surprising match, read "A Divine Coincidence?" By Fr. Seraphim Michalenko, MIC.
Here we have this beautiful presentation that brings people into the very center of Saint Faustina's mission. People are led to the mystical heights of the message and are deeply touched. I have heard the reports of a great many priests who have said that this is absolutely excellent, this is what people need to see, need to experience. And we know that the Lords blessings accompany it because of the results that follow, particularly a return to the sacraments, to Holy Confession and a deeper desire to spend time with the Holy Eucharist.
Fr. Seraphim Michalenko, MIC
Former Vice Postulator for the cause of Canonization for Saint Maria Faustina Kowalska and world-renowned authority on the Divine Mercy message.