|The Book Michael Manning’s The Nibelungen|
In 2008 Michael Manning was approached by Austrian based writer and publisher Erwin Tschofen who ordered a commission of 29 drawings as illustrations for his new version of the Nibelungenlied, an ancient tale of rise and fall of the Burgundians, once ruler over large parts of German land. Set before the dark medieval times, Siegfried a hero of godlike dimensions encounters (and marries) his true love - Kriemhild - but is killed by her relatives over a quarrel. His death is then brutally revenged by his widow and causes the downfall of the whole Burgundian Empire.
Designed by CISADA communication, an advertising agency founded by Sandra Müller, long time associate and partner of Erwin Tschofen the book took shape over the months. Finally published in 2010 the book resembles a well sought combination of modern tale telling, historical plot and combined with Manning’s extraordinary talent for detailed black & white ink drawing profess to be a perfect metamorphosis of ancient history and modern art.