November 9, 2011 16:28
Critics found the fresco by Giotto di Bondone, one of the foremost painters of the early Renaissance, the profile of the devil, who remained unnoticed for centuries, reports BBC.
Contours devilish faces, artfully hidden artist in framing the mural clouds, said Chiara Frugoni specializing in art history.
Mural itself is located high on the wall under the roof of the Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi — the birthplace of the founder of a mendicant order of monks.
See below the clouds wickedly grinning face with a hooked nose almost impossible.
Mural depicting the death of St. Francis, dated XIII century. Giotto himself as one of the founders of the school of Italian painting, developed a new approach to the image space and made the beginning of the Italian Renaissance.
According to Chiara Frugoni, previously it was thought that the first artists to make clouds portrait features tried Andrea Mantegna in the XV century. In 1460, depicting wounded St. Sebastian — popular Christian story in the Renaissance — in one of cumulus clouds hid it outlines the rider, as if floating in the sky.
The last restoration of the Basilica of St. Francesco in Assisi conducted after the earthquake of 1997.
According to Sergio Fuzetti who headed the restoration work, Giotto could portray the devil as a joke, giving it a portrait similarity with one of his detractors.