Someone had a sense of humor.
ROME — 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.
The devil was spotted in fresco No. 20 in a cycle of the scenes chronicling the life and death of St. Francis. The series was 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.