Devil found in the details of some ancient art

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

Stay humble! Submit to God! And resist the devil!

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2 responses to “Devil found in the details of some ancient art

  1. julie

    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.

    I couldnt agree more!!!

    Is that where the Holy Spirit comes into play and helps us to decipher the two??

    • Great observation! I think that is a vital part of what the Holy Spirit does and He uses Scripture as part of it because the devil will use twisted Scriptures or half-truths to try and mislead us or confuse us.

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