For thousands of years Jesus Christ has been imagined as a fair skinned man with blue eyes, long dark hair and a beard.
But this could actually be very different to what the son of God really looks like, an expert has sensationally revealed.
Thousands of paintings and sculptures over the centuries have similarly depicted what the Messiah looked like.
Some have dared to show a completely different interpretation of the son of God, but been waved away in favour of the popular long haired and bearded portrayal.
Only a professor has stepped forward to reveal Jesus may not be how we imagined at all.
Joan Taylor, a Professor of Christian Origins and Second Temple Judaism at King’s College London, reckons Jesus could have had short hair and darker skin.
“It is worth emphasising that images of Jesus over time give us clues on how Jesus was imagined in different environments, but say absolutely nothing about what he really looked like.
“Our images of Jesus were largely created in the Byzantine era (4th-6th centuries). Byzantine images of Jesus were based on the image of a Graeco-Roman deity, for example the famous statue of Olympian Zeus by Phidias in the 4th century BCE.”
In her piece, Professor Taylor describes Jesus as having a beard, saying: “I think he would have had one, simply because he did not go to barbers.”
Summing up how she thinks Jesus looked, and which painting she thinks is the most accurate, Professor Taylor writes: “And what about Jesus’s face? In the mummy portraits, the people were Greek-Egyptian, but there was a large Jewish population also in Egypt and some ethnic mixing. Their faces, so realistic, are the closest we have to photographs of the people of Jesus’s own time and place.