Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Saints make the leap to manga


Inside the Diocesan Museum of Venice, is a exhibition on iconography of saints in language close to young people, manga.

The exhibition showcases 80 icons including saints such as San Sebastian and San Francis of Assisi.

The drawings are true to Christian tradition. Saint George is depicted slaying the dragon, St Lucia's eyes are on the tray, St. Sebastian pierced by arrows, San Marco has the lion next him.

The manga designs were illustrated by Studio Ebi of Brescia. The goal is to attract young visitors, educate them in an entertaining way.

Iconography has served as a religious language that has informed throughout the centuries, now through this exhibition it’s translated into a modern and lively language.

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