Brazilian tattoo artist Michel Praddo, also known as Diabao or Human Satan, and his wife Carol Praddo, known as Mulher Demonia or Demon Woman, pose in their studio in Praia Grande, Brazil. Continue reading »
The thorny dragon or thorny devil (Moloch horridus) is an Australian lizard, also known as the mountain devil, the thorny lizard, or the moloch. This is the sole species of genus Moloch. The thorny devil grows up to 20 cm (8.0 in) in length, and it can live up to 20 years. Continue reading »
A 16 foot tall devil figure burns during a Quema del Diablo (Burning of the Devil) ceremony in Antigua, Guatemala, on Dec. 7, 2011. (William Gularte / Reuters) Continue reading »
Art restorers have uncovered a devil-like figure hidden in one of the late medieval master Giotto di Bondone’s more famous frescoes, located inside the Basilica of St. Francis in Assisi, church officials said Saturday. The hitherto-unnoticed detail was at the top of fresco number 20; in the cycle of scenes depicting the life and death of St. Francis, painted by Giotto in the 13th century and discovered by art historian Chiara Frugone.
The image was not noticed until now because it was rather artfully hidden, amid in the folds of a cloud and invisible from ground level. In a report by MSNBC, Sergio Fusetti, the chief restorer of the basilica, suggested that the artist may not have wanted the image to be a visible part of the main image and hid it as he did just “to have a bit of fun.”
Giotto certainly did do an excellent job hiding the image; millions of pilgrims and tourists have trooped in and out of the basilica since the fresco was painted, without noticing the devil in the details. The actual discovery was something of an accident and occurred during restoration of the artwork.
Giotto di Bondone was born in Florence in the late Middle Ages was a key percursor of Early Renaissance art and architecture.
A detail of a fresco by Giotto is seen in the Basilica of St Francis in Assisi. (Reuters) Continue reading »
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