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Artist Giotto hid scary face in basilica painting
« on: November 07, 2011, 01:46:50 PM »
Works of art by Giotto di Bondone adorn the Basilica of St. Francis, in Assisi, Italy. Until now, however, it has been difficult to pick out an unusual face in one of the pieces: that of the Unwanted One himself.

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An Italian art historian, Chiara Frugoni, spotted the devil's profile in the fresco's clouds, high up in the Basilica of St Francis in Assisi.

The face, with hooked nose and an evil smirk, is hard to see from the ground.
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Re: Artist Giotto hid scary face in basilica painting
« Reply #1 on: November 07, 2011, 02:03:42 PM »
gosh, that has to be one pissed off artist, who would think of insulting someone for years lol that is the power of  art, isn't it? you can 'immortalize' nearly anything even insults lol
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Re: Artist Giotto hid scary face in basilica painting
« Reply #2 on: November 07, 2011, 02:40:50 PM »
gosh, that has to be one pissed off artist, who would think of insulting someone for years lol that is the power of  art, isn't it? you can 'immortalize' nearly anything even insults lol
Italian Middle Ages art was all about that. Read Dante's Inferno, his insults of others while boasting of his skill makes the whole mid 90s East/West Coast hip-hop wars look tame by comparison.
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Re: Artist Giotto hid scary face in basilica painting
« Reply #3 on: November 07, 2011, 03:07:25 PM »
It is far more likely that the face is a self-portrait, not the devil. Giotto had a prominent nose, and a protruding chin, similar to that of the Assisi painting. The narrow eye in this painting is not sinister, but typical of Giotto's style and that of other Florentine artists of the period.

Renaissance artists often sneaked in "hidden", often caricatured, self-portraits in their works. Another is Michelangelo: in the Last Judgement fresco in the Sistine Chapel, the Apostle Bartholomew is shown holding his flayed skin. Though distorted, the face on the skin is unmistakeably that of Michelangelo.
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Re: Artist Giotto hid scary face in basilica painting
« Reply #4 on: November 07, 2011, 07:46:28 PM »
gosh, that has to be one pissed off artist, who would think of insulting someone for years lol that is the power of  art, isn't it? you can 'immortalize' nearly anything even insults lol
Italian Middle Ages art was all about that. Read Dante's Inferno, his insults of others while boasting of his skill makes the whole mid 90s East/West Coast hip-hop wars look tame by comparison.
So true! Even in Purgatorio, if I remember correctly, he takes a lot of cheap shots. Read with footnotes unless you are very familiar with the history of the time.

And I like that it's just now that someone spotted the face! Aren't there more of us who see faces in clouds, splatter patterns, popcorn ceilings? ;)
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