Poseidon and the Sea

January 17, 2015, through March 15, 2015
Myth, Cult, and Daily Life



Temporary Exhibitions, Lathrop, Jaffe, and Hall Galleries


The realm of Poseidon encompassed virtually every aspect of life in the ancient Mediterranean world, from mythology and cult to daily activities. This exhibition explores each of his dominions through more than one hundred works of Greek, Etruscan, and Roman art produced between 800 BCE and 400 CE. Visitors will see striking black-figure and red-figure pottery, alongside sculptures in terracotta, marble, and precious metals, and extraordinary examples of ancient glass, mosaics, carved gems, and coins, all providing a rich picture of life in the ancient world. Poseidon and the Sea offers an intimate look not only at the mysteries of the ancient world, but also at the timeless beauty and wonder of the sea that continues to resonate with us in the present day.

This exhibition was organized by the Tampa Museum of Art.

The exhibition's presentation at the Hood Museum of Art was generously supported by the Eleanor Smith Fund, the Evelyn A. J. Hall Fund, and the Marie-Louise and Samuel R. Rosenthal Fund.

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Curated by Seth D. Pevnick Ph.D.

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Exhibition subject: Ancient ArtEurope