Cervantes in comic strip form
Miguel EN Cervantes – El retablo de las maravillas. An exhibition featuring the work of two famous Spanish cartoonists who tell the story of Cervantes using the medium of comics
For the first time in Italy, an exhibition that tells the story of Miguel de Cervantes in comic book form, with drawings by two famous Spanish cartoonists. This is how the Cervantes Institute in Naples has decided to mark the fourth centenary of the death of the writer, poet, novelist and playwright, a native of the town of Alcalà de Henares. The exhibition features the work of Miguelanxo Prado and David Rubìn, two renowned Spanish cartoonists. Their sketches portray the figure of Cervantes from an unusual perspective, describing his passions and his life, based on a combination of almost theatrical fact and fiction. In spite of being one of the world’s best-known literary figures, the person behind the writer continues to be shrouded in mystery. The exhibition describes both the betterknown Cervantes – the Cervantes who fought at Lepanto and was imprisoned in Algiers – and the less well-known figure: the spy, the swordsman, the tax collector, the man who worked for the Church and was excommunicated on various occasion and the Cervantes who spent several years of his life in Naples. Featuring 36 illustrations by Miguelanxo Prado and a 16, double-page comic book by David Rubin, the exhibition explores the mystery and appeal of Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra based on one of his eight entremesès (interludes), ‘El retablo de las maravillas’, a satirical, mostly autobiographical work, which was never performed during his lifetime. The exhibition was organized in collaboration with the Acciòn Cultural Española association and the Comunidad de Madrid.
Until 22 December. Mon-Fri from 10am to 7pm. Closed on Sundays. Admission free
www.napoles.cervantes.es Istituto Cervantes. Via Nazario Sauro, 23, Naples. T: 08119563311