IMAGINES – CLASSICAL RECEPTIONS IN THE VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS

Series editors: Filippo Carlà-Uhink and Martin Lindner

Bloomsbury Publishing

This series seeks to broaden the scholarly community’s understanding of the reception of classical antiquity in the visual and performing arts. A particular focus will be drawn on the 20th and 21st centuries and on media that have been traditionally neglected because considered “commercial” and/or “popular”, such as comics, advertising, digital media, design, fashion, and theme parks. It challenges traditional, and still very widespread, assumptions that distinguish “high” from “popular” culture, but also demonstrates the indisputable importance that classical antiquity enjoys in the modern and postmodern world, and all across the planet, carefully looking at forms of Classical Receptions outside the “traditional” regions object of such studies. Through a consistent shift from the traditional, academic approach, the series is the product of a continuous dialogue between scholars on the one side, and “producers” of classical reception – painters, sculptors, photographs, architects, designers, etc. –on the other, who write about their mechanisms of appropriation of the Ancient world . Each book highlights the popularity of antiquity today and reveals the forms and mechanisms of its reception. The series thus explains the choice of subjects and motives, the elaboration and re-mediatization processes taking place in the creative act, as well as the complexity of the “reception chains”, which make it today impossible, for instance, to visualize the ancient world without the filter of historical movies.

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Imagines Series

The Ancient Mediterranean Sea in Modern Visual and Performing Arts: Sailing in Troubled Waters

Edited by: Rosario Rovira Guardiola

 
Bloomsbury Publishing
Series: Imagines: Classical Receptions in the Visual and Performing Arts
London-Oxford-New York-New Delhi-Sidney 2017 (forthcoming)
ISBN: 9781474298612
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When thinking about the Mediterranean, Fernand Braudel’s haunting words resound like an echo of the sea and its millenary history. From Prehistory until today, the Mediterranean has been setting, witness and protagonist of mythical adventures, of encounters with the Other, of battles and the rise and fall of cultures and empires, of the destinies of humans. Braudel’s appeal for a long durée history of the Mediterranean challenged traditional views that often present it as a sea fragmented and divided through periods.

This volume proposes a journey into the bright and dark sides of the ancient Mediterranean through the kaleidoscopic gaze of artists who from the Renaissance to the 21st century have been inspired by its myths and history. The view of those who imagined and recreated the past of the sea has largely contributed to the shaping of modern cultures which are inexorably rooted and embedded in Mediterranean traditions. The contributions look at modern visual reinterpretations of ancient myths, fiction and history and pay particular attention to the theme of sea travel and travellers, which since Homer’s Odyssey has become the epitome of the discovery of new worlds, of cultural exchanges and a metaphor of personal developments and metamorphoses.

List of Contributors
List of Illustrations

Introduction
Rosario Rovira Guardiola, The British Museum, UK

The Mediterranean as a Geographical Space

1. Roman Adriatic ports and the antiquarian tradition
Federico Ugolini

2. Chronotopes of Hellenic antiquity: The Strait of Reggio and Messina in documents from the Grand Tour era
Marco Benoît Carbone

3. The Eternal Words of the Latin Sea: Fedra by Mur Oti
Francisco Salvador Ventura, Universidad de Granada, Spain

Living and Dying in Troubled Waters

4. Quod mare non novit, quae nescit Ariona tellus? (Ov. Fast. II,83)
Dorit Engster, University of Göttingen, Germany

5. Ulysses in the cinema: the example of Nostos, il ritorno (Franco Piavoli, Italy 1990)
Óscar Lapeña Marchena, Universidad de Cádiz, Spain

6. A sea of metal plates: images of the Mediterranean from the XVIIIth century until post-modern theatre
Sotera Fornaro, Università di Sassari, Italy

7. Sailors on Board, Heroes en Route. From the Aegean World to Modern Stage
Erika Notti and Martina Treu, Università IULM – Milano, Italy

A Personal Sea. The Artist and the Sea

8. Ancient Seas in Modern Opera: Sea Images and Mediterranean Myths in Rihm’s Dionysos
Jesús Carruesco, Universitat Rovira I Virgili, Tarragona, Spain and Montserrat Reig, Catalan Institute of Classical Archaeology, Tarragona, Spain

9. A mirror to see your soul. The exile of Ovid in Eugene Delacroix’s painting
Rosario Rovira Guardiola, The British Museum, UK

10. Cinematic Romans and the Mediterrranean Sea
Cecilia Ricci, Università degli Studi del Molise, Italy

Sea Politics

11. Changing their sky, not their soul. Lawrence Alma-Tadema’s vision of the ancient Mediterranean
Quentin Broughall, Independent scholar

12. The image of Phoenicians and Carthaginians in Modern Spanish History and Culture
Antonio Duplá Ansuategui, Univ. País Vasco/Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea, Spain

13. Screening the Battle of Actium. Naval Victory, Erotic Tragedy, and the Birth of an Empire
Monica Silveira Cyrino, University of New Mexico, USA

Contemporary Uses of the Classical Mediterranean

14. Troubled Waters: Performative imaginary in the Project PI – Pequena Infância
Sofia de Carvalho, Elisabete Cação and Ana Seiça Carvalho, University of Coimbra – CECH, Portugal

Annex

15. Nem Gregos nem Troianos
José Bandeira

Bibliography
Index

“With its clever thematic foci and its wide geographical scope, this book makes an outstanding addition to the series Imagines – Classical Receptions in the Visual and Performing Arts. Readers of all levels will appreciate the strong thematic units and the harmonious blending of textual analysis with visual documentation and with evidence drawn from diverse performative contexts.” –  Gonda Van Steen, Cassas Chair in Greek Studies, University of Florida, USA

“This book sets sail on a wide-ranging journey – from the ancient to the modern, and back again. Chapters navigate the sea of classical reception studies, demonstrating how ancient currents have continued to direct the course of the visual and performing arts. The result will be essential reading for anyone interested in the geopolitical and cultural bonds that connect modernity to its ancient Mediterranean heritage.” –  Michael Squire, Reader in Classical Art, King’s College London, UK

Imagines Series

Art Nouveau and the Classical Tradition

Author: Richard Warren

 

Bloomsbury Publishing
Series: Imagines – Classical Receptions in the Visual and Performing Arts
London-Oxford-New York-New Delhi-Sidney 2017 (forthcoming)
ISBN: 9781474298551
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Art Nouveau was a style for a new age, but it was also one that continued to look back to the past. This new study shows how in expressing many of their most essential concerns – sexuality, death and the nature of art – its artists drew heavily upon classical literature and the iconography of classical art. It challenges the conventional view that Art Nouveau’s adherents turned their backs on Classicism in their quest for new forms. Across Europe and North America, artists continued to turn back to the ancient world, and in particular to Greece, for the vitality with which they sought to infuse their creations.

The works of many well-known artists are considered through this prism, including those of Gustav Klimt, Aubrey Beardsley and Louis Comfort Tiffany. But, breaking new ground in its comparative approach, this study also considers some of the movement’s less well-known painters, sculptors, jewellers and architects, including in central and eastern Europe, and their use of classical iconography to express new ideas of nationhood. Across the world, while Art Nouveau was a plural style drawing on multiple influences, the Classics remained a key artistic vocabulary for its artists, whether blended with Orientalist and other iconographies, or preserving the purity of classical form.

List of Illustrations

Introduction
1. Re-birth
2. Muse
3. Hero
4. Bloom
5. Desire
6. Nation
7. Death
Conclusion

References
Select Bibliography
Index

“This book vividly brings to light Art Nouveau artists’ turning to, and transformation of, classical sources in order to express life’s vitality in modern ways while coping with the anxious anticipation of a new era.” –  Marice Rose, Associate Professor of Art History, Fairfield University, USA

“Offers a provocative re-assessment of Art Nouveau’s engagement with classical antiquity. Warren’s ground-breaking study examines afresh a deeply misunderstood chapter in the reception of the classics in the visual arts.” –  Anastasia Bakogianni, Lecturer in Classical Studies, Massey University, New Zealand

Previous Publications

Imagines Series

Ancient Magic and the Supernatural in the Modern Visual and Performing Arts

Edited by Filippo Carlà and Irene Berti

 

Bloomsbury Publishing
Bloomsbury Studies in Classical Reception
London-New York 2015 (Paperback edition 2016)
ISBN: 9781472532213
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Ancient Magic and the Supernatural in the Modern Visual and Performing Arts examines the impact of ancient religious, mythological and magical models on modern mentalities and ideologies as expressed in the visual and performing arts. To what extent did mythological figures such as Circe and Medea influence the representation of the powerful “oriental” enchantress in modern Western art? What role did the ancient gods and heroes play in the construction of the imaginary worlds of the modern fantasy genre? What is the role of undead creatures like zombies and vampires in mythological films? Looking across the millennia, from the distrust of ancient magic and oriental cults, seen as a menace by a new-born Christian religion, to the revival and adaptation of ancient myths and religion in the arts centuries later, this book offers an original analysis of the reception of ancient magic and the supernatural, across a wide variety of different media – from comics to film, from painting to opera. The authors of the essays come from different fields and countries, and aim to deconstruct certain scholarly traditions by proposing original interdisciplinary approaches and collaborations, showing to what extent the visual and performing arts of different periods interlink and shape cultural and social identities. The volume provides the reader with a clear insight into mechanisms of re-elaboration and reception which can be steadily seen at work in artistic and commercial productions. It also supplies new approaches to the most debated questions of the relationship between magic, religion and superstition in the ancient and in the modern worlds. It shows and discusses the shifting and biased interpretations of these concepts in modern visual culture.

  1. Magic and the Supernatural: an Introduction, I. Berti and F. Carlà (Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg, Germany, University of Exeter, UK)
  2. Gods and Demons in Texts: Figures and Symbols of the Defixion Inscriptions of the Nymphaeum of Anna Perenna at Rome, J. Blänsdorf (Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz, Germany)
  3. Imaging Magic, Imaging Thinking: The Transmission of Greek Drama from Sophocles to Crimp, L. Hardwick (The Open University, UK)
  4. Celtic Magic and Rituals in The War Lord (F. Schaffner, 1965), D. Campanile (Università degli Studi di Pisa, Italy)
  5. Witch, Sorceress, Enchantress: Magic and Women from the Ancient World to the Present Time, G. Rocca and M. Treu (IULM Milano, Italy)
  6. Circe diva. The Reception of Circe in the Baroque Opera (17th Century), M. J. Castillo Pascual (Universidad de La Rioja, Spain)
  7. Medea, a Greek Sorceress in Modern Opera and Ballet: from Barber to Reimann, M. Reig and J. Carruesco (Universitat de Barcelona, Spain, Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Spain)
  8. Colchian Pharmaka: The Colours of Medea in 19th Century Painting in France and England, A. Grand-Clément and C. Ribeyrol (Université de Toulouse II – Le Mirail, France, Université Paris IV – Sorbonne, France)
  9. Canidia and Erichtho, C. Walde (Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz, Germany)
  10. Project(ion) Wonder Woman – Metamorphoses of a Superheroine, M. Gindhart and A. Gietzen (Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz, Germany)
  11. Ancient Horrors – Cinematic Antiquity and the Undead, M. Lindner (Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, Germany)
  12. The Phoenix, the Werewolf and the Centaur. The Reception of Mythical Beasts in the Harry Potter Novels and Their Film Adaptions, D. Hofmann (Universität zu Köln, Germany)
  13. Theoi becoming Kami. Classical Mythology in the Anime World, M. G. Castello and C. Scilabra (Università degli Studi di Torino, Italy)
  14. Every Pony Has a Story: Revisions of Greco-Roman Mythology in My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, Priscilla Hobbs (Pacifica Graduate Institute, USA)
  15. The Depraved Devotion of Elagabalus. Images of the Priest-Emperor in the Visual and Performing Arts, M. Icks (Queen’s University Belfast, UK)
  16. Women and Religion in the Epic Films: The Fifties’ Advocate for Conversion and Today’s Pillar of Paganism?, A. Wieber (Westfalen-Kolleg Dortmund, Germany)

Book endorsements (Bloomsbury)

 “This extraordinary collection marks a major development in the field of reception studies, as it uncovers the persistent ambiguity of classical antiquity in the modern imagination as not only the glittering paradigm of Western rational thought but also the dark wellspring of enigmatic and dangerous forces.” –  Monica S. Cyrino, Professor of Classics, University of New Mexico, USA,

“This rich and diverse collection is a powerful reminder that the legacy of antiquity resides not just in a set of comfortable ideals, but that it lurks in some of the darkest and most irrational parts of our imagination. When we dream of the fabulous, the wicked, the monstrous, and the heroic, we are inevitably drawn to figures and motifs drawn from the classical world. As this book shows, we cannot resist these ancient enchantments.” –  Alastair J.L. Blanshard, Paul Eliadis Professor of Classics and Ancient History, The University of Queensland, Australia.

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Imagines Series

Seduction and Power: Antiquity in the Visual and Performing Arts

Edited by Silke Knippschild and Marta García Morcillo

 

 

Bloomsbury Academic
London-New Delhi-New York-Sydney 2013 (Paperback 2015)
ISBN: 9781441177469
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This volume focuses on the reception of antiquity in the performing and visual arts from the Renaissance to the twenty-first century. It explores the tensions and relations of gender, sexuality, eroticism and power in reception. Such universal themes dictated plots and characters of myth and drama, but also served to portray historical figures, events and places from Classical history. Their changing reception and reinterpretation across time has created stereotypes, models of virtue or immoral conduct, that blend the original features from the ancient world with a diverse range of visual and performing arts of the modern era.The volume deconstructs these traditions and shows how arts of different periods interlink to form and transmit these images to modern audiences and viewers. Drawing on contributions from across Europe and the United States, a trademark of the book is the inclusive treatment of all the arts beyond the traditional limits of academic disciplines.
 
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Part 1: Ancient Western Asia
1. Woman on top? Women’s suffrage and the power of the ‘oriental woman’ – Silke Knippschild
2. Power, sin and seduction in Babylon – the case of Verdi’s Nabucco – Michael Seymour 
3. Jewel-in-the-belly-button orientalism in Oliver Stone’s Alexander – Lloyd Llewellyn-Jones
 
Part 2: Greece
4. Helen, Penelope and Dido in Rossi’s Odissea and Eneide – Martin Winkler
5. Dark ladies, bad girls, demon queens: female power and seduction from Greek tragedy to pop culture – Martina Treu
6. Trojan lovers and warriors – Eric Shanower
7. Film genres in cinematic adaptations of Greek tragedy – Pantelis Michelakis
8. Circe in literature and art of the Renaissance – Irene Berti
9. The erotics of power in Coca’s Ifigenia – Maite Clavo
10. ‘Prince of painters’: the grimacing mask of power and seduction in Aristophanes’ The Assemblywomen – Maddalena Giovannelli and Andrea Capra
11. Myth and tragedy in opera staging in the 21st century – Montserrat Reig and Jesus Carruesco
12. Isadora Duncan, Russian ballet and the seduction of Minoan Crete – Nicoletta Momigliano
13. Nelly and the nudes on the Athenian Acropolis in the Fascist era – Constantina Katsari
14. The lure of the hermaphrodite for the English Aesthetes – Charlotte Ribeyrol
 
Part 3: Rome
15. The stolen seduction – Oscar Lapena
16. The great seducer – Cleopatra, queen and sex symbol – Francisco Pina Polo
17. Seduced, defeated and forever damned – Marc Antony in post-Classical imagery – Marta Garcia Morcillo
18. Caligula in pop culture – Martin Lindner
19. The reputation of Agrippina the Younger – Mary R. McHugh
20. Hadrian, Antinous and the power of seduction – Charo Rivera
21. Saint or prostitute? – the reception of empress Theodora – Filippo Carla
22. History, moral and power – the ancient world in 19th century Spanish art – Antonio Dupla

“Readers interested in the future of reception studies should bookmark the Project’s webpage and stay tuned.” –  Genevieve S. Gessert, Hood College, USA, Bryn Mawr Classical Review

“This is an exceptionally lively and thought-provoking collection by an international team of scholars from the Imagines research project. The case studies bring evidence from an impressive range of examples into dialogue with the central themes of seduction and power, revealing in the process how power is itself a seductive force. Every reader will encounter something new. The editors’ concluding discussion explores how the individual essays combine to provide a map of the relationships between antiquity and the histories of the visual and performing arts.” –  Lorna Hardwick, The Open University, UK,

“Seduction challenges conventional relations of power, thus undermining tradition and leading to unexpected turns and dramas. This explains the fascination with this subject throughout the centuries. Some of the ancient seduction stories and their reception studied in this volume are familiar, others are not, but all of them are interesting. By focusing on the relation between seduction and power this volume makes an original contribution not only to reception studies but also to the diachronic study of gender and emotion.” –  Angelos Chaniotis, Professor of Ancient History and Classics, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, USA,

“Silke Knippschild and Marta García Morcillo have brought together a remarkable company of leading scholars and inspiring new voices who explore how the persistent liaison between seduction and power is richly exposed in modern receptions of the myths, histories, and images emanating from the ancient world. In case studies extending from the Renaissance to the present day, in a variety of media from the performing and visual arts, the contributors to this volume reveal with compelling clarity and scholarly insight how the power of seduction continues to be wielded by ancient cultures, as their essays unpack the enduring fascination exerted by the charismatic men and alluring women of antiquity upon later artists and performers. This impressive collection represents an important contribution to the field of reception studies, since it offers an unfettered glimpse into our own fantasies and projections about the power and eroticism so often and so intimately linked with the ancient world.” –  Monica S. Cyrino, Professor of Classics, University of New Mexico, USA,

“This collection of essays is the second publication to emerge from the innovative Imagines Project, a think tank of European scholars and practitioners devoted to the study of classical reception in the diverse media of the visual and performing arts. The impact and importance of the volume must instead be considered in conjunction with the entire output of the Imagines Project. . The fact that reception organically inspires innovative delivery strategies testifies to the seductive nature of the subject matter and the methodologies for its study, and to the powerful potential of the Imagines Project. Readers interested in the future of reception studies should bookmark the Project’s webpage and stay tuned.” –  Genevieve S. Gessert, Bryn Mawr Classical Review

Imagines Series

Imagines: La Antigüedad en las Artes Escénicas y Visuales

Edited by: María José Castillo Pascual, Silke Knippschild, Carmen Herreros and Marta García Morcillo

 

Universidad de la Rioja
ISBN: 9788496487321
Logroño 2007
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La Universidad de La Rioja organiza el Congreso Internacional ‘Imagines. La Antigüedad en las artes escénicas y visuales’ que tendrá lugar del 22 al 24 de octubre. Este encuentro científico reunirá a expertos académicos de diversos campus de España, Italia, Alemania, Inglaterra y Francia en torno al legado artístico y cultural del mundo antiguo. Desde el siglo XVII, la Antigüedad se convirtió en un modelo a seguir, en una escuela de virtud pública y privada, tesoro de preceptos morales y personajes ejemplares. Esta circunstancia ha abierto una línea de investigación, todavía minoritaria, como es la ‘Recepción’ de la Antigüedad en ámbitos tan variados como la política, el derecho, el arte, la literatura. El Congreso Internacional ‘Imagines. La Antigüedad en las artes escénicas y visuales’ se entronca en esta línea de investigación. A lo largo de tres jornadas, del 22 al 24 de octubre, el programa académico se desarrollará en torno a tres ejes principales: el legado de la Antigüedad en las Artes Escénicas (Teatro, Cine y Opera); en las Artes Visuales (Arquitectura, Escultura, Pintura y Artes Decorativas); y el uso didáctico en los niveles de enseñanza secundaria y superior para mostrar la actualidad de “lo antiguo”.

 

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Ancient and Modern, The Classical Review 60.01.292 (2010), by Francisco Pina Polo

-Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2009.01.42, by Claudio Franzoni.