Ruins: Songs of Stone
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Ruins: Songs of Stone gathers a series of writings in the form of verses, fragments, and short essays that Gabriele Tinti has dedicated to the “living sculpture of the actor”.
The writer moves from the tragic sense of death and vacuity—which pertains even to these masterpieces we wish eternal—with the aim of giving new life and thought, a new meaning, to Graeco-Roman statuary, to all those relics of a now-lost humanity. Through its many courses and varied ideas, the book explores a different relationship and knowledge with the ancient world and with the very reasons behind the making of art.
The book is the culmination of live readings by some of our times’ best-known actors: Kevin Spacey, Joe Mantegna, Robert Davi, Marton Csokas, Franco Nero, Luigi Lo Cascio, Enrico Lo Verso, Jamie McShane, Vincent Piazza, Anatol Yusef, Hans Kremer, and Alessandro Haber—all performed before important works of ancient art.
Ruins: Songs of Stone includes essays by the eminent scholars of ancient art Sean Hemingway (Metropolitan Museum), Kenneth Lapatin (Getty Museum), Christian Gliwitzky (Staatliche Antikensammlungen und Glyptothek), Andrew Stewart (UC Berkeley), Lynda Nead (Birkbeck, University of London), Nigel Spivey (University of Cambridge), and Alessandra Capodiferro (Museo Nazionale Romano).