Tampa Museum of Art

Poseidon and the Sea: Myth, Cult, and Daily Life

The realm of Poseidon encompassed virtually every aspect of the ancient Mediterranean world, from mythology and cult to daily activities. Each of these domains will be explored in the first major display of classical antiquities to be held in the Tampa Museum of Art’s new building.

With significant pieces from our own collection and museums across the world, including the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles and the National Archaeological Museum of Florence, among many others, this offers a glimpse into the power and timeless beauty of marine life and the ancient art it inspired.

 On View:

Joslyn Art Museum, Omaha, Nebraska.  February 8 – May 11, 2014

Tampa Museum of Art, June 14 – November 30, 2014


 In the News:

Art Daily, February 10, 2014



Image credits:

Statue of Poseidon/Neptune. Roman, 1st century A.D. (after Classical Greek original). Marble. Tampa
Museum of Art, Joseph Veach Noble Collection 1986.135.

Red-Figure Lobster-Claw Askos (Oil Container). Recalls the Painter of London D 12. Greek, Attic, ca. 460–450 BC. Ceramic. Tampa Museum of Art, Joseph Veach Noble Collection 1986.096.

Red-Figure Fish Plate. Attributed to the Painter of Ruvo 964 (Canosa Group). South Italian, Apulian, ca. 320 BC. Ceramic. Tampa Museum of Art, Joseph Veach Noble Collection 1986.108.

Monumental Trident (detail). Greek, Roman, or Etruscan, 6th century BC or later. Bronze. The J. Paul Getty Museum, Villa Collection, Malibu, California 79.AC.115.