That’s a very weird looking cloud right there, Maestro Giotto.
Giotto included the profile of a smirking devil in a cloud, hiding in plain sight. “It is very visible,, Frugoni said in a telephone interview with the Associated Press back in 2011. No one noticed it any earlier, she argues, simply because no one was looking for it. “One sees what one already knows. I assure you that now all will see it”.
Sure, there is indeed a devil there. But why?
A possible explanation was provided by Fr. Enzo Fortunato, a Franciscan priest. In an article shared by CBS, he explains some medieval traditions might be at play here. In medieval times, Fortunato argues, it was commonly believed that at the moment of death two key characters would jump into action: one’s guardian angel, accompanying one’s soul to heaven (if that is where one is headed, that is); and a devil, in charge of accusing the deceased to get a chance to drag him into hell. But this is only one possible explanation for the inclusion of this demonic figure in the scene, and the significance of its placement, in a cloud, is still to be studied.
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