The Gutters of the Sistine Chapel: Modern Visual Storytelling Tools in Religious Artwork

Shadow Wilf (Graduate Theological Union)

The Bodhisattva stands on a clifftop overlooking himself falling to his death, and another one being eaten by tigers at the base of the cliff. Biblical narratives flow into each other on the Ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, separated loosely by marble columns like gutters in a comic book. Religious artwork is often challenged to translate scripture and myths into the limited space of church windows and stupa arches. This talk will examine the storytelling in various examples of religious art through the lens of comic book storytelling as outlined by Scott McCloud.

Part of 08-11 Sounding Board II, Saturday, October 15, 10:30 am–12:30 pm