Paper $25.00 ISBN: 9780956509291 Published October 2012 World sales rights except India

Linked Figures / Aristophanes on Eros

Kenneth Armitage and Plato

Linked Figures / Aristophanes on Eros
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Kenneth Armitage and Plato

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With a Text by Plato
32 pages | 15 color plates | 9 1/2 x 11 | © 2011
Paper $25.00 ISBN: 9780956509291 Published October 2012 World sales rights except India

The third edition of The Nobile Folios explores Linked Figures, a marvellous multilayered bronze conceived early in Kenneth Armitage’s career, yet a work that in many ways captures his complete oeuvre. Two figures as one (or perhaps one figure as two) play against each other creating, simultaneously, harmony and discord.


Set alongside Aristophanes’ celebrated speech on the origin of love in Plato’s Symposium, the folio is an audacious attempt to reflect and to recreate on paper the inherent tension of this highly-textured three- dimensional work. It does so by means of bold photography and stimulating layout, and, of course, through the juxtaposition of words. The great Athenian playwright—who thought that originally humans were brawny globular creatures equipped with four hands, four legs, two faces on a circular neck, and comprised of three sexes—creates a magnificent and entertaining backdrop that allows a fresh reading of Linked Figures.

      Matthew Travers
Description of the process of lost-wax casting
Aristophanes on Eros: A retelling from Plato’s Symposium

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