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

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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


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