El Perdón y la furia and José de Ribera's Journey from Faith to Magic

Historical Fiction by Altarriba and Keko

in European Comic Art
Francisca Lladó University of the Balearic Islands, Spain francisca.llado@uib.es

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This article analyses the various components of a graphic novel, El Perdón y la furia [Forgiveness and Fury] by Antonio Altarriba and Keko, about the Baroque painter José de Ribera. It does so within a framework drawn from art history and studies the transgressive role of images through citation, intertextual borrowing, or creation by Keko in the manner of Ribera. A comparative analysis of the artist's biography and the graphic narration uncovers a series of parallels between historically attested and fictitious events that can be seen as the common thread in a thriller based on the fight against power. It concludes by returning to the same themes within a contemporary setting, while Ribera's story and that of his present-day fictional counterpart simultaneously reveal human truths.

Contributor Notes

Francisca Lladó holds a PhD in art history from the University of the Balearic Islands. Her 1996 thesis on comics in the period of the Spanish transition was one of the first theses investigating the link between comics and contemporary art. An extract was published in Los Comics de la Transición (2001). A recent article of note discusses image and text in satirical underground magazines during the late Franco regime and contains results from the Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness ‘The Foundations of Cultural Change in Spain’ project. She has taught art history at the University of the Balearic Islands since 1996. Email: francisca.llado@uib.es

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