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The devil is in the details of Giotto’s fresco in Assisi, Italy

The fresco number 20 painted by Giotto di Bondone in the Basilica of St. Francis in Assisi, Italy.
The devil is in the details of Giotto’s fresco in Assisi, Italy

The fresco number 20 painted by Giotto di Bondone in the Basilica of St. Francis in Assisi, Italy.

An art restorer working on a fresco by Giotto di Bondone in the Basilica of St. Francis in Assisi, Italy has discovered a devil-like face hidden in the clouds.

Medievalist and St. Francis expert Chiara Frugoni discovered the face in fresco number 20 out of a series of 28 depicting the life and death of St. Francis, painted by Giotto between 1296 and 1304.

The profile of the demon is on the right side of a cloud underneath an angel. It is invisible from ground level. The discovery was something of an accident and occurred during restoration of the artwork.

Giotto di Bondone was an Italian painter and architect from Florence in the late Middle Ages, and the first in a line of great artists who contributed to the Italian Renaissance.