Jan van Scorel. Sede vacante 1523

Paul Teng, Scorel and Remo arriving in Rome (detail), 2013
Paul Teng, Scorel and Remo arriving in Rome (detail), 2013

Jan van Scorel (1495-1562) was one of the first artists from the northern Netherlands to travel to Italy. In Rome he was influenced not only by sculptures from classical antiquity but also by the work of his illustrious colleagues Michelangelo and Raphael. In 1522 Pope Adrian VI, a native of Utrecht and the only Dutch pope in history, appointed him keeper of the Vatican art collections. Scorel painted several portraits of Pope Adrian VI.

Comic book artist Paul Teng and writer Jan Paul Schutten have created an 80-page comic book based on these and other historical facts. Although containing a dash of fiction, this comic book is distinguished by the historical accuracy of both the text and the images. Teng, who is known for his highly detailed and realistic drawing style, was awarded the `Stripschapsprijs’ for his entire oeuvre in 2013. In 2008 Schutten received the ‘Gouden Griffel’ for Kinderen van Amsterdam (Children of Amsterdam), a collaboration with Teng, and this year he was nominated for the Jan Wolkers Prize.

This exhibition shows not only the original drawings but also their sources of inspiration and the process of making a comic book.

In Studio The Drawing Board you can make your own comic strip inspired by works in the collection or events in Utrecht’s history. 

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