The Devil is in the Details


(Orignially posted at The American Catholic.  Not American history, but I thought the history mavens of Almost Chosen People would enjoy it.)



Giotto, morning star of the Renaissance, was noted for his  wit and humor as well as his skill as a painter.  Evidence of that is now coming to light, almost seven centuries after his death:

Art restorers have discovered the figure of a devil hidden in the clouds of one of the most famous frescos by Giotto in the Basilica of St Francis in Assisi, church officials said on Saturday.

The devil was hidden in the details of clouds at the top of fresco number 20 in the cycle of the scenes in the life and death of St Francis painted by Giotto in the 13th century.

The discovery was made by Italian art historian Chiara Frugone. It shows a profile of a figure with a hooked nose, a sly smile, and dark horns hidden among the clouds in the panel of the scene depicting the death of St Francis.

Go here to read the rest and view the cloud obscured devil.  Genius and good humor are a potent combination, and Giotto had both.

Published in: on November 13, 2011 at 5:30 am  Comments Off on The Devil is in the Details  
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