Giotto Devil: The Famed Assisi Basilica, A smirking devil horns are in the clouds with frescoes by Giotto of the work in the famous basilica of Assisi, an Italian art historian said Tuesday a tantalizing detail that apparently went unnoticed by scholars for centuries. The discovery was reported in the online edition of the number of months of the Franciscan religious order of publication Patrono San Francesco d’Italia.
Art historian Frugoni Chiara said she spent almost 30 years studying the cycle of frescoes in the upper level of the historic church Umbria, but only recently spotted the image in what appears be an empty space in a cloud.
The frescoes in Assisi, Italy in the central province of Perugia, is by Giotto, a Fiorentina, whose narrative style and human-like figurative style marked a change in the art of the late 13th century.
In a telephone interview with The Associated Press Tuesday, said she Frugoni random image of the devil trying to more accurately date a fresco of the death of St. Francis of Assisi. She has since concluded that it was painted in 1289.
“It’s very visible,” she said, adding that the image had not been brought to attention because no one was looking for him.
“You see what you already know. I assure you that all will see it now, “she said.
She described the details of the publication as a “powerful portrait of a devil with horns dark” cleverly hidden in the clouds swirling around an angel, and said that the significance of the investment should be investigated.
The Rev. Enzo Fortunato, a monk of the order, said that in medieval times, it was commonly believed that the death two figures went into action, an angel to go with just the sky, a devil to bring the damned in depths of hell.
Fortunato said that the devil hiding in the clouds, Giotto appears to have beaten by nearly two centuries a technique attributed to Andrea Mantegna, who, in one painting shows a knight out of a cloud.
A strong earthquake in 1997 severely damaged the basilica, and restaurateurs took years to complete the restoration of some frescoes by Cimabue and Giotto.