15th Century "Comic Strips" on Display

The Guardian: "Illuminating the Renaissance: The Triumph of Flemish Manuscript Painting in Europe", is at the Royal Academy of Arts from November 29, 2003 until February 22, 2004. An exhibition containing what may be an early religious cartoon strip is on display at the Royal Society of Arts in London. Several illuminated books, with paintings only a few centimeters in size, were created in Flanders for wealthy European buyers in the late 15th and early 16th centuries CE.

Some of the illuminations bear an amazing resemblence to modern comic strip cartoons. Says writer Stephen Bates, a religious affairs correspondent with The Guardian, "A modern film storyboard illustrator or strip cartoonist would have had nothing to teach the artist, who clearly knew all about following a long shot with a close-up and producing a story in close sequence."