This restored demon painting is going to haunt my nightmares

Closeup of the 'fiend' in Joshua Reynolds' painting
(Image credit: National Trust)

Art restorers at the National Trust were in for a disturbing surprise when they uncovered a hidden demonic figure lurking in the background of a historic painting in its collection. Previously banished to the shadowy depths of the piece, the restored ghoul now adds a whole new context that's been subject to past controversy.

While I appreciate the hard work that went into the restoration, I don't think I'm ever going to unsee that creepy little guy in the background – maybe he should've stayed in the shadows. (If you're looking to kickstart your next project, check out our collection of the best oil paints to get you set for success). 

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Natalie Fear
Staff Writer

Natalie is Creative Bloq's staff writer. With an eye for trending topics and a passion for internet culture, she brings you the latest in art and design news. A recent English Literature graduate, Natalie enjoys covering the lighter side of the news and brings a fresh and fun take to her articles. Outside of work (if she’s not glued to her phone), she loves all things music and enjoys singing sweet folky tunes.