I’m not much of an art enthusiast but I found the following story very interesting.
ROME (Reuters) – 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.
The figure is difficult to see from the floor of the basilica but emerges clearly in close-up photography.
Sergio Fusetti, the chief restorer of the basilica, said Giotto probably never wanted the image of the devil to be a main part of the fresco and may have painted it in among the clouds “to have a bit of fun.”
No one will ever know for sure why Giotto hid the image of the devil in the clouds but I think its very appropriate. Scripture tells us that the devil can disguise himself as an angel of light as he delights in making sneak attacks when we least expect it.
No one is more determined to wreak havoc and stir up trouble in our lives than Satan but God is fighting for us.
“…the Lord is faithful; he will strengthen you and guard you from the evil one.” ~ 2 Thessalonians 3:3
But we have a part to play as well.
So humble yourselves before God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. ~ James 4:7