Thursday, March 14, 2013

Devil Discovered In Giotto Fresco

La Morte di San Francesco-Giotto (Image: UK Telegraph)

Smirking face of the Devil discovered in Giotto fresco, via UK Telegraph:
The Satanic image went unnoticed until now because it is artfully hidden in the folds of a cloud and is invisible from ground level. The discovery of the face, in a fresco which depicts the death of St Francis, was made by Chiara Frugoni, a medievalist and an expert on the saint.

"It's a powerful portrait, with a hooked nose, sunken eyes and two dark horns," Ms Frugoni said in an article in a forthcoming issue of the St Francis art history periodical. "The significance of the image still needs to be delved into.

In the Middle Ages it was believed that demons lived in the sky and that they could impede the ascension of human souls to Heaven.

"Until now it was thought that the first painter to use clouds in this way was Andrea Mantegna, with a painting of St Sebastian from 1460, in which high up in the sky there's a cloud from which a knight on horseback emerges.Now we know that Giotto was the first (to use this technique)."
Painted by Giotto 

Basilica is in Assisi, Umbria, Italia 

Demonic, smirking figure 

Outline of what was discovered 


  1. i love this painting...
    i noticed the face the first time i saw this painting a long time ago..
    as Ms Frugoni says,it is a powerful painting!!

  2. Wow, you have a keen eye then!
    My aunt went to Assisi many years ago.

    Giotto is one of my favorite, all time painters...



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