The Museum has curated exhibitions from our permanent collection that have been supplemented by notable loans from private collectors. One exhibition covers the Classical World, another explores how artists perceive and portray the Natural World. Plus we have our ongoing exhibition by sculptor C. Paul Jennewein on display.
The Classical World
Multiple faces from the distant past greet visitors to The Classical World: a Roman freedman staring out from a marble grave altar carved in the second century AD; a pair of satyrs on Greek drinking cups from the sixth and fifth centuries BC; and a brightly painted terracotta maiden created to adorn the roofline of an Etruscan building in the fifth century BC. Together, these faces speak to the extraordinary scope of classical antiquity, spanning many centuries across broad geographical areas, and including numerous ancient cultures whose many contributions to western civilization can hardly be overstated—from the alphabet and democracy to countless masterworks of literature and the visual arts.
For more than 30 years, the Tampa Museum of Art has collected artwork from across classical antiquity, which this exhibition explores from its prehistoric beginnings to its late Roman decline (i.e., from the third millennium BC into the fourth and fifth centuries AD). With important loans from local private collectors augmenting the permanent collection, The Classical World includes nearly 300 artworks produced in ancient
Greece and Italy as well as North Africa and the Near East. Following the diverse faces first welcoming visitors, the exhibition is arranged across two galleries according to chronology, medium, and culture. Particularly noteworthy is the Museum’s collection of black-figure and red-figure pottery, produced mainly in Greece and South Italy during the sixth, fifth, and fourth centuries BC. Also included are important works of sculpture in terracotta, stone, and precious metal, as well as ancient coins, jewelry, and glass vessels. The exhibition concludes with a life-sized painted Egyptian anthropoid sarcophagus.
Picturing Land and Sea
Featuring more than 20 paintings and works on paper from the Museum’s permanent collection, Picturing Land and Sea explores how artists perceive and portray the natural world. From romantic depictions of the American wilderness to colorful, geometric renderings of the French countryside, this exhibition highlights key stylistic movements from the past 150 years. Including work by Abraham Walkowitz, Adolf Gottlieb, Elaine de Kooning, Roy Lichtenstein, Sylvia Plimack Mangold, and others, Picturing Land and Sea explores the diverse interpretations of these overlapping sources of inspiration. Many of the works exhibited here are celebratory, others more reactionary; while some depict land and sea in straightforward ways, others seek to capture a momentary feeling. Taken together, they invite us to reconsider our relationship with the natural world.
C. Paul Jennewein (1890-1978)
Ongoing (opened October 11, 2014)
Active throughout the early to mid-20th century, sculptor C. Paul Jennewein created works that ranged from intimate small-scale bronze sculptures to major architectural projects. Jennewein’s sculptures attracted much attention from both national and international audiences. Cast in bronze, his works adorn gardens and fountains and significant works of architecture throughout the country and abroad. His creations not only reveal the inspiration of the ancient world but also engage with the new sculptural styles appearing in Europe in the early decades of the last century. The five works exhibited here were inspired by the supportive environment of the Academy and emphasized both the classical influences that permeated the region and the artist’s own developing interest in sculpture.