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Et in Arcadia

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A re-embodiment of the frieze of the Temple of Apollo Epikourios at Bassai

Edited by Ramón Casanova & Jorge Egea


The frieze of the temple of Apollo Epikourios at Bassai, the Arcadia region of the Peloponnese, is one of the most suggestive examples of reliefs from the end of the 5th century B.C., now preserved in the British Museum.

Since 2009, a group of artists directed by Ramón Casanova and Jorge Egea, professors at the Department of Sculpture, University of Barcelona, has studied the frieze with the same interest that artists in 19th century revisited the archaeological ruins.

Grouped under the name Equipo Confluencias [The Crossing Lab], they recapture the original gaze of art, using the basic techniques of drawing and photography to update the meaning of classical art and to reveal new readings for contemporary observers.

This book presents a collection of unpublished texts and images concerning the interpretation of the frieze of Apollo Epikourios, analysing the work through knowledge gained from artistic practice, that leads us to the concept of 're-embodiment'.

The results of this project, undertaken at the British Museum, will be exhibited at the Museum of Classical Archaeology of the Faculty of Classics (University of Cambridge).

Equipo Confluencias [The Crossing Lab] was created in 2005 by Professors Ramón Casanova and Jorge Egea in the Department of Sculpture, University of Barcelona.

The team has completed the following projects:

Trans·formare, Museu Frederic Marès, Barcelona (2011); La Tradizione della Figura - The Tradition of Figure, Circolo Artistico di Bologna (2010); La Semilla de la Imagen - The Seed of Image. European FEDER project (2009); Dopo il Museo - After the Museum, Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli (2008); El Agua y la Tierra Originales - The Original Water and Earth. Fundación Norte, Zaragoza (2008); El ritmo del cuerpo - The Rhythm of the Body Barcelona (2007); Materia modelada - Modelated Media. Barcelona (2006); In·corpore, La Farinera Cultural Centre, Barcelona (2006-2011).

Et in Arcadia...

Editors: Ramón Casanova & Jorge Egea


Israel Ariño, Adrián Arnau, Carles Bartolomé-Ibars, Mónica Lou, Rebecca Mutell and Enric Passolas (University of Barcelona); Ruth S. Contreras-Espinosa (University of Vic); José Luis Eguía-Gómez (Polytechnic University of Catalonia).

With the contribution of:

Dr. Robin Osborne, Faculty of Classics, University of Cambridge.

Dr. Tabitha Tuckett, Magdalen College, University of Oxford.

210 x 210mm, 192 pp., many colour and black and white plates, full colour cover, paperback
ISBN 978 1 907318 10 8
Publication: January 2012

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