Art historian Chiara Frugoni has spent more than 30 years studying the famous St. Francis cycle, the work of the famous 13th-century Florentine artist, Giotto di Bondone and his teacher, Cimabue. The cycle, which depicts the life and deeds of the beloved Umbrian saint and consists of a series of frescoes in the upper level of the Assisi Basilica, was being restored after incurring heavy damage from an earthquake back in 1997. In the fresco depicting the death of the saint, Frugoni made a discovery that confirms the devil is, indeed, in the details.
The Legend of St. Francis: The work of Giotto or Cimabue?
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”.